Global Movements: Protest and the Planet

Subject POLS30027 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. 1 x two hour lecture and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies or Sociology at Levels 1 & 2

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject explores the ideologies and actions associated with contemporary social movements that operate on a global scale and have attracted international attention, such as anti-globalisation, indigenous, labour, women's rights, green, human rights, radical Islam and anti-war movements. It examines the conflicts in which these movements are engaged and interrogates the extent to which their grievances are caused or inspired by globalisation. It analyses the impact of globalisation on transnational social movement strategies and tactics, and assesses the role of global social movements in transforming politics and society.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the development, motives, arguments and strategies of social movements;
  • Demonstrate the critical application of theories used to understand social movements;
  • Develop a broad understanding of the range of social movements in an international context;
  • Demonstrate a detailed, sophisticated and critical understanding of the specific experiences and campaigns of at least one of the significant global movements considered in the subject;
  • Demonstrate advanced level skills in critical analysis and evaluation;
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate different sources of research in the development of an argument;
  • Work productively and collaboratively in groups.

  • A 1-hour class test of 1000 words (25%) due mid-semester.
  • A research essay of 3000 words (75%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Required readings will be available electronically on the subject LMS site.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Available as a Breadth subject to non-Bachelor of Arts students.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Politics and International Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Social Theory
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Sociology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Politics and International Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Sociology
Political Science Major
Politics and International Studies
Social Theory

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