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How To Become A Social Justice Warrior

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for civil rights. Emmeline Pankhurst fought for women’s suffrage. Nelson Mandela fought for liberation. Corazon Aquino fought for democracy. Mahatma Gandhi fought for independence. These iconic leaders were social justice warriors who fought for a fairer world. In this course, you will learn the methods they used to win change, so that you can go on and make a difference.

Course outline


Why do you want to make a difference? Before you try to change the world, first you must know yourself.


What does success look like? To solve a problem that society faces, you must imagine what a better world looks like.


How are you going to work towards change? You must employ different tools, tactics, skills, and strategies to achieve justice.


Who are your allies and enemies? Part of your job is to build an alliance of supporters and peers to hold others to account.


What practical steps will you take as you begin your journey? To achieve change, you must turn theory into action.

What to expect

There will be five 1-hour sessions, within one working week. The classes are usually in the evening between 6-7pm.

Each session will consist of:

  • Group discussion
  • Lecture
  • Exercise
  • Homework
We will also provide bonus resources, such as recommended reading, art, podcasts, and films, for those who want to learn more, after, in their own time.
A week after the classes, there will be a graduation gathering, to celebrate your completion of the course.
After graduating, you will become an official alumnus of the School of Social Justice, and be part of a growing community of aspiring changemakers.

Learning outcomes

These are the things you can expect to gain after doing the course:

  1. Understand what role you can play in the global community of people working to achieve social justice
  2. Learn about yourself, what drives you, and why you do what you do.
  3. Choose a problem you aim to address
  4. Create a vision for the world as it would be if you succeed in your work
  5. Learn the methods you can use to achieve change
  6. Understand who your potential supporters are
  7. Understand who you will have to hold to account to achieve change
  8. Develop a plan for action, to start on after graduating

At the end of this course, you will have a general understanding of what it takes to become a social justice warrior, and get a glimpse into the change you could achieve.

Who is this for?

This course has been crafted for people who want to make a difference, but don’t know how.

Have you volunteered for a campaign or nonprofit? Have you signed a petition? Have you joined a protest? Have you marched for justice? Have you been angered by something in the news or in your community, and want to do something about it? Have you taken action, and want to consider what to do next? This is for you.

People who have done this course before include students, graduates, political advisors, politicians, government officials, social entrepreneurs, directors of social justice organisations, and teachers. Our vision is a world where anybody, no matter their background, can learn how to make a difference. We are open to folk who want to address issues like racism and sexism, poverty and inequality, mental health issues and healthcare inequities, environmental damage and human rights abuses.

Your tutor

Alvin Carpio, Founder, School of Social Justice

Alvin has spent over a decade working on issues of social justice, human rights, and public policy. He was listed on “Forbes 30 Under 30” for his work. Now he runs the School of Social Justice, an online education platform for people who want to learn how to change the world.

Track record

  • Successfully changed laws to support marginalised folk
  • Chaired Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines, fighting against extrajudiciual killings
  • Represented 1m people in class action against Facebook in response to data misuse in the Cambridge Analytica scandal
  • Led local community organisations to address the caues of the Tottenham Riots in 2011 as a community organiser
  • Ran political campaigns for senior politicians
  • Invited to share lessons with students at Oxford University, Eton College, Institut Le Rosey
  • Written for The Economist and interviewed by CNN, Forbes, BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian, and The New York Times
  • Founded the School of Social Justice and interviewed 50 leaders to uncover their tools for winning change

Course details

Date: July 2024 (specific dates to be confirmed)

Timings: Five 1-hour sessions

Introductory price: £250 (worth £1,750)

Scholarships: Available upon application

Registration deadline: Friday 31st May 2024


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