Social power and social change are the two unifying features of the social sciences. This course will explore these two features in theory and in practice both. On the theoretical side, the course will introduce a “unified theory” of social power, providing students with the tools necessary for analyzing social change in a comprehensive, nuanced, and empirical manner. On the practical side, students will meet leaders of organizations directly involved in social change, in this case countering extremist movements in Europe.

Learning Community Activities

Coming up
  • Spring 2023 -- Andrej RUS, Professor and Chair for Organizational and Human Resource Management and Development Research Center for Strategy and Governance at the University of Ljubljana, will deliver a lecture for the course presenting two case studies on the limitations of corporate leadership to address environmental, social, and governance issues in global business enterprises.
Past activities
  • November 24th, 2022 -- Katarzyna WOJNICKA, professor of sociology at the University of Gothenburg, delivered a Zoom talk entitled the European Fathers’ Rights Movements. There were ten students from CY and approximately eight students from the University of Gothenburg participating online. The talk was followed by a question-&-answer period.
  • April 14th, 2022, Azrini WAHIDIN, professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, delivered an in-person lecture at CY Cergy Paris Université for the course with approximately 40 students from CY.  The title of the talk was Green Criminology.
  • Guest Speaker EXIT UK followed by a question-and-answer with the students (December 2nd, 2021). (LC Social Power and Social Change). Exit UK works with individuals who want to leave extreme right-wing and white supremacist organisations but may not know how to do it on their own. The Zoom presentation was open to all students associated with the members of the Learning Community, giving them the opportunity to come in contact with each other and discuss an important social issue facing Europe, particularly Europe’s youth.
    Modality: Zoom presentation, hybrid CY in-person and UoW online
  • First edition of EUTOPIA LU EUTOPIA LU 'Social Power and Change', led by Brian Schmitt (CY) - When? Autumn 2021 – More info coming soon

How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (


Learning Community Members

Click on names below to see picture and short biography
Lead: Brian T. Schmidt (CY). Email:

Brian SCHMITT is an associate professor of American Studies at CY Cergy Paris University. His current research looks at social power & social change. He has published on the role of the cinema in the entrepreneurial “revolution,” the impact & limitations of think tanks on US health care policy, and the rise of Bill Clinton and the emergence of a global investment class. In the School of Languages & International Studies he teaches courses in the master’s program on the US economy & US business practices. In the first year license he teaches a course entitled Contemporary American Society. Before emigrating to France in 2005, he worked for five years as Director of Research at the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance in New York City. In 2002 he graduated with a PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Partner: Azrini Wahidin (UW). Email:

Professor Azrini Wahidin is the Programme Director for Warwick’s Sociology and Criminology undergraduate programme and the Sociology department’s Director of Internationalisation. Her research intersects gender, criminology, criminal justice, transitional justice, conflict, peace studies and policy. She is a REF panel member for Social Policy and an Executive Member of the British Society of Criminology.  Author of a range of academic articles, edited collections and monographs, her latest single-authored book, Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland – Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience, focused on female former politically motivated prisoners and the role of transitional justice in post-conflict societies. Her most recent edited book with John Brewer (2021) brings together the work of Global South and Global North academics. The book is entitled, Ex-Combatants’ Voices: Transitioning from War to Peace in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Her module ‘Gender, Crime and Justice’ will be part of the innovative suite of provision at the University of Warwick, connecting EUTOPIA Learning Communities.