POLS5687 Global Social Movements

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Social movements arise when people organise in an attempt to collectively achieve political change. Such attempts often face significant resistance, and political action can subsequently take various unconventional forms, such as hunger strikes by the suffragettes or the reclaiming of public space by the Occupy movement. The global context for unconventional political action has intensified in recent decades as a consequence of new technologies. This unit critically examines the drivers and form of social movements and their global impacts. It first examines the history of social movements and social movement theories. It then considers the differing contexts in which social movements have developed, examining the conditions of political struggle, the dynamics of movements, and their outcomes. The unit analyses a variety of cases, depending on the research interests of teaching staff. These may include the anti-globalisation movement, the animal rights movement, the Jasmine revolution, and the Occupy movement.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the attributes of social movements, their development, and their action repertoires; (2) describe and evaluate the key theoretical and analytical frameworks used in studying social movements; (3) critically appraise key debates regarding social movements' impacts and their role in global politics; and (4) communicate advanced arguments in written and oral assessments that employ the conventions of the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation; (2) a research essay; and (3) analytical assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kelly Gerard
Contact hours
seminars: 18 hours (over the course of a semester)
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