Global Campaigning: NGOs and Movements

Subject POLS90041 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to MC-IR Master of International Relations or MC-EMA Executive Master of Arts

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Sean Scalmer


Assoc Prof Sean Scalmer

Subject Overview:

The vigorous presence of non-governmental organisations and of social movements is one of the most striking features of contemporary international politics. What is the nature of these actors? What is their significance? And how do they attempt to win their demands? This subject explores the growing significance of global campaigning. It traces the rise of international non-governmental organisations and social movements, the variety and texture of their campaigning, and the political arguments that they provoke. The course ranges across environmental, humanitarian, labour, gender, and peace campaigns, from the 19th century until the most recent past.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • Understand the changing place of non-governmental organisations and social movements in international relations;
  • Appreciate the possible implications of the growing importance of global campaigns;
  • Understand the form and trajectory of past global campaigns;
  • Be able to critically analyse and plan contemporary global campaigns.


A 2,500 word research essay 50% (due late semester) and a 2,500 campaign advocacy assignment, in the form of a briefing to an NGO, outlining and defending a global campaign strategy 50% (due in examination period).

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. After two weeks, no late assessment will be accepted. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available on-line.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
150 point program - full time over 18 months
200 Point Master of International Relations
200 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 24 months

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