Explores notions of power and ethics, which underpin political action and social movements, providing an opportunity to examine the dynamics that create social change. Contemporary social movements are examined so that students can evaluate their significance and assess the value of social movements to their own lives.
- Social movements as politics
- History and development of contentious politics and social movements
- Social movement theories
- The conditions of political struggle
- The dynamics of social movements
- Analysis of movement outcomes
- The future of social movements
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain how social movements evolved, how they operate, and their relationship with both democracy and contentious politics||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||evaluate the political opportunities and constraints that give rise to contentious politics and social movements||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||critically analyse the political impact of social movements and their possible futures||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||utilise a wide range of online search and retrieval methods and critically evaluate the validity of sources.||Lifelong learning|
- Tarrow, SG, 2011, Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, New York. ISBN: 978-0-521-15572-4.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)|
|Virtual Field Trip||40%|
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