• Class Number 4006
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Maria Hynes
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Dr Maria Hynes
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyze sociological writings and other theories relating to the theme of resistance;
  2. evaluate the contribution that Sociology makes to the study of resistance;
  3. identify different forms of resistance and evaluate their effectiveness;
  4. produce an argument and marshal evidence for it; and
  5. reflect on learning relating to the sociology of resistance.

Research-Led Teaching

The analysis of resistance undertaken in the course is informed by my expertise in the areas of micropolitics, affect and biopolitics. It draws insights and empirical instances from my work on art and research on anti-racism, anti-globalisation politics and humour.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Feedback to the whole class

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 The Event
3 The Actor
4 The Context
5 The Study
6 Earth
7 Life
8 Space
9 Time
10 Labour
11 Fugitive Planning
12 Conclusion

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Mini Research Paper 20 % 16/03/2020 30/03/2020 1,3,4
Major Essay 40 % 04/05/2020 18/05/2020 1,2,3,4
Synoptic Essay 30 % 08/06/2020 22/06/2020 1,2,3,4
Participation Grade 10 % * * 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The tutorial mark assesses your participation in the course. Participation involves demonstrating that you are reading and thinking about the material and that you are prepared to contribute to discussion in the light of your reading and engagement with lectures.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 16/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 30/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Mini Research Paper

This 1000 word paper is worth 20% of your total grade. The Mini Research Paper is intended to give you an opportunity to explore a form of resistance that particularly interests you, drawing on examples of resistance covered in the lectures and tutorials or discovered through your own research. If you come across an instance of resistance that you find interesting – either in lectures, tutorials, or through the media, even personal experience – this is your opportunity to do some further reading into it in order to offer a brief analysis of its significance. Although the paper offers the chance for exploration, it must be presented as an argument and researched/referenced appropriately. You would be expected to draw approximately 5 scholarly references for this piece. Some of these will be articles or chapters that you draw on in order to discuss your chosen instance of resistance. For example, if you were to analyse the phenomenon of urban biking, you would need to find some scholarly sources that discussed this form of mobility. But you may also need to draw on more general sources, relating to resistance or, in this case, to the character of contemporary urban life. We will talk in some depth in the first tutorial and throughout the course about ways you might approach this exercise.

The mini-research paper addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 3 and 4. Consequently, you will be assessed on your ability to present a coherent and well structured argument (Learning Outcome 4), which provides evidence of your understanding of, and engagement with, the resources you draw upon (Learning Outcome 1). You will also be assessed for your capacity to demonstrate that the form of action or event that you have chosen to analyse is an act of resistance and to evaluate its significance (Learning Outcome 3). This does not mean that you need to chose something that very obviously constitutes ‘resistance’ (eg. a mass street protest). Indeed, you may chose an instance of social life that is not immediately recognisable as a form of resistance, given that you can demonstrate the sense in which you think it can be identified by this term. For a more general sense of the grades that will be applied in marking this piece, please also see the Guide to Grades and Their Meaning on wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 18/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Major Essay

This 2500 word essay is worth 40% of your final grade. Questions for the Major Essay will be made available mid-way through the course (a selection of questions will be provided, from which you should choose one). Alternatively, you may devise your own topic or question, given that you check it with me at least three weeks before the due date. It is a research essay, which means that it should demonstrate that you have formed a reasoned argument, informed by extensive reading. The research essay addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

In line with Learning Outcomes 1- 4, you will be assessed on your ability to research a chosen topic, to synthesize your research materials and to present a sustained argument. You will also be assessed on your capacity to express and organise your ideas, to enable them to come across as clearly as possible. Apart from presenting an informed and polished paper, you are encouraged to do some hard thinking; you will be rewarded for working hard with the ideas and extending yourself! You are not expected to sort all the issues out, but you can raise provocative or original questions and can offer new ways of thinking about the issues you are considering. For a more general sense of the grades that will be used in assessing your work, please also see the Guide to Grades and Their Meaning on wattle.

For general assistance with assignment writing and completion, you are encouraged to access the services provided by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 08/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Synoptic Essay

This 1500 word synoptic essay is worth 30% of your final grade. The purpose of this exercise is to assess your participation in the course as a whole - the level of engagement throughout the semester in lectures, tutorials and with the reading matter provided. You will choose one question from a choice of three, which will be given out in the last lecture. I will use the last lecture to refresh your memory about some of the different ideas we have covered in this unit. Students are encouraged to contribute to this discussion as much as possible and to raise any questions they may have; they will then have two weeks to complete the paper. The paper should be presented as a polished paper, with a necessarily brief introduction, body and conclusion.


In your response to the set question, you should draw on the material from the course (rather than conducting your own research) to demonstrate that you have participated in the course throughout the semester. Where possible, site lecture material as well as readings – in both cases you must provide references (lectures should be referenced by lecturer and date). 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 5

Participation Grade

This constitutes 10% of your total grade. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of tutorials.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

No hardcopy submission of assessment tasks in this unit

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

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Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments will not be allowed except in exceptional circumstances

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Maria Hynes

Research Interests

Affect, biopower, art, art-science, micropolitics, resistance, anti-racism

Dr Maria Hynes

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Thursday 11:00 14:00
Dr Maria Hynes

Research Interests

Dr Maria Hynes

Thursday 11:00 14:00
Thursday 11:00 14:00

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