Global Social Movements

Subject 131-552 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to a coursework masters program. Fourth-year honours or postgraduate diploma students may take this subject with permission from the postgraduate coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Sean Scalmer
Subject Overview:

Political campaigns crossing national boundaries are an increasingly assertive presence: These include social movements; opposing war and corporate power; championing religious and racial identities; seeking environmental action. How should these social movements be understood? Why and how did they emerge? What role do they play in international politics? How long is their history? This seminar aims to introduce students to the history of social movements, to understand their operation and contemplate their future.

Assessment: A research essay of 2000 words 30% (due mid semester) and a global social movement advocacy paper, 3000 words 70% (due at end of semester)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be competent in use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
  • be able to think critically and analyse recommended reading, be competent in essay writing and seminar discussion, and be able to determine the strength of an argument;
  • Think in theoretical terms through lectures, discussion in seminars, in essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts through the contextualisation of judgments.
Related Course(s): Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History)

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