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Activism and Social Change - SOC350

Social movements are an important presence in contemporary societies. How are they organised? Why do they emerge? What shapes their development? This unit provides a framework for answering these questions. It focuses on both the history of social activism, including campaigns like the suffragettes and civil rights movement through to the Arab Spring and climate campaigning; as well as prominent theories and concepts for understanding the rise and success of social movements. As part of the assessment students will examine a contemporary campaign, looking first hand at how movements organise and evaluating their success. This unit also allows students to progress to SOC351 where they have the opportunity to work in a placement with a social change organisation.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (On-campus dates: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Ben Spies-Butcher, Dr Justine Lloyd

(39cp at 100 level or above) or admission to GDipArts Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): SOC390
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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