• Offered by Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology

It sometimes seems as if, as the British journalist Paul Mason puts it, 'it's all going off'. The uncertain aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise - or return - of authoritarian great powers, the existential challenge presented by climate change, and depressingly frequent experiences of war, revolution and terrorism speak to high levels of global turbulence. This course examines a central element within this turbulent environment - movements around the world that seek to generate a different social order: national, international, global. These movements range from advocates of climate justice to militant Salafists. We examine their ideologies, tactics and goals, explore their similarities and differences, and assess their chances of success. Our overarching aim is to assess whether these movements are likely to intensify levels of global turbulence or whether they might help to generate a new world order.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the diverse ways in which contemporary radical movements understand, legitimise and practice their struggles.
  2. Critically analyse how radical movements have emerged in contemporary world politics, and when and how they are likely to succeed.
  3. Critically evaluate different types of radical movement: left and right, unarmed and violent, centralised and decentralised, and more.
  4. Develop the analytical, written and oral skills that can provide an assessment of the relationship between radical movements and contemporary world order.
  5. Identify and critically evaluate the central challenges presented by radical movements to global order. (This applies to all 5 assessments).
  6. Prepare critically informed written and oral work appropriate for postgraduate research and professional engagement in public policy, diplomacy, and related fields. (This applies to all 5 assessments).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Write a manifesto for a radical movement (1,500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Capstone presentation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Essay plan (1,000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research essay (3,000words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars, lectures, as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Further information on prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Colin Beck et al (2022) On Revolutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Erica Chenoweth (2021) Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Andreas Malm (2021) How to Blow Up a Pipeline (London: Verso)

Sharon Nepstad (2015) Nonviolent Struggle (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Doug McAdam et al (2001) Dynamics of Contention (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Vicky Osterweil (2020) In Defence of Looting (New York: Bold).

The Constitution of the Rojava Cantons (2014): http://civiroglu.net/the-constitution-of-the-rojava-cantons/


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2024 $4440
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2024 $6360
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3453 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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