SY2018 - Power and Protest in a Globalising World
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)
Protest has long been a driving force of social change in society, but many people
argue that it has substantially changed in recent years. In 2000, there was an explosion
of support for the anti-corporate globalisation movement. Since about 2008, social
media such as Twitter and Facebook have changed the face of activism yet again, fuelling
the organisation of protests in Iran, throughout the Arab world, and in the Western
world through such protests as Occupy Wall Street. In this subject, students will
explore a number of different issues affecting social movements. This will be done
through a lens of agency and power - who is powerful? How do the "powerless" bring
about change? In particular, we look at the shifting locus of power from nation-states
to corporations, the global hegemony of business interests, and the possibilities
for global civil society.
- apply appropriate theoretical frameworks and concepts to analysis of specific examples
of collective action, in particular to new forms of global activism;
- demonstrate a general knowledge and understanding of major Australian social movements;
- discuss and critically evaluate key theoretical debates in the area of social movements
and collective research;
- distinguish between the major social theories as they are applied to the study of
social movements and collective action and critically assess their strengths and weaknesses.
Study Period 2
|Census Date 28-Aug-2014
||Assoc. Professor Theresa Petray.
- 2 hours lectures
- 1 hours tutorials
||particpation (20%); essays (40%); activism project (40%).
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and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest