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.
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.
Essay (45%), second assignment (45%) and tutorial work (10%).
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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- Band 1
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- 6 units
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