This course examines what Sociology has to offer to the study of resistance. The popular concept of resistance has been used to describe a vast array of activities, from participation in mass social movements to the wearing of 'non-conformist' fashion. But what exactly is 'resistance'? What do protest movements and more everyday acts of resistance have in common and what sets them apart? Does resistance necessarily entail resistance against something? We explore such questions through a variety of contemporary case studies, ranging from anti-globalisation protest to culture jamming, anti-racism, terrorism and sexual politics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- analyze sociological writings and other theories relating to the theme of resistance;
- evaluate the contribution that Sociology makes to the study of resistance;
- identify different forms of resistance and evaluate their effectiveness;
- produce an argument and marshal evidence for it; and
- reflect on learning relating to the sociology of resistance.
- Mini-Research Paper, 1000 words (20) [LO 1,3,4]
- Major Essay, 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Synoptic, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 5]
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130 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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