• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will examine the changing role of social movements in bringing about change in a globalising world. From the 1960s so-called 'new social movements', including women's, lesbian and gay and environmental movements, transformed the social and political landscape of western societies. These movements promoted new forms of organisation, tactics and ideas such as the politics of oppression, identity and culture, empowerment and post-materialism. More recently, an increasingly global civil society has emerged with a variety of indigenous, third-world, anti-corporate globalisation, international trade union and social justice movements. The course will examine these developments in the light of current research and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

After successful completion of this course, students should:

  • Understand the nature of extra-institutional forms of politics including social movements.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical role of social movements particularly since the 1960s.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major ‘new social movements' and their distinctive issues, forms of organisation, strategies, tactics and ideology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of globalisation and anti-globalisation movements.
  • Continue to develop strong oral presentation, research, writing and analytical skills.

Indicative Assessment

Essay (45%), second assignment (45%) and tutorial work (10%).

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Students will be expected to spend an average of seven hours per week in addition to three contact hours (two hours of lectures, one hour tutorial) in order to prepare for tutorials, conduct research and write the written assignments as well as to prepare for the final examination.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS or SOCY or HIST courses; or permisson of the convenor

Preliminary Reading

Burgmann, V., Power, Profit and Protest: Australian social movements and globalisation (Allen & Unwin, 2003).





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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