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SY2018 - Power and Protest in a Globalising World

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

In recent years a new anti-globalisation or anti-corporatist movement has been gaining strength and visibility. What is the meaning of this new activism? How does it relate to other forms of activism and movements based on issues such as environmental degradation or inequalities based on gender, race, class and sexual identity. What are the social and political forces that are shaping activism in a contemporary global context? These questions and others will be addressed in this subject through the application of sociological theories of social movements and collective action.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Theresa Petray.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (20%); (50%); essays (30%).

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