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Lismore Session 2 Session 2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

POL10244 - Australian Politics AND 36 credit points in any SCU unit

Unit aim

Explores notions of power and ethics, which underpin political action and social movements, providing an opportunity to examine the dynamics that create social change. Contemporary social movements are examined so that students can evaluate their significance and assess the value of social movements to their own lives.

Unit content

  • Social movements as politics
  • History and development of contentious politics and social movements
  • Social movement theories
  • The conditions of political struggle
  • The dynamics of social movements
  • Analysis of movement outcomes
  • The future of social movements

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain how social movements evolved, how they operate, and their relationship with both democracy and contentious politics
2 evaluate the political opportunities and constraints that give rise to contentious politics and social movements
3 critically analyse the political impact of social movements and their possible futures
4 utilise a wide range of online search and retrieval methods and critically evaluate the validity of sources.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain how social movements evolved, how they operate, and their relationship with both democracy and contentious politics
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. evaluate the political opportunities and constraints that give rise to contentious politics and social movements
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. critically analyse the political impact of social movements and their possible futures
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. utilise a wide range of online search and retrieval methods and critically evaluate the validity of sources.
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Martin, G, 2015, Understanding Social Movements, 1st edn, Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN: 978-0-415-60088-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.