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Global Activism and Social Change (11151.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184529) - View

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Social, cultural and political change are defining features of our contemporary world. This unit analyses these transformations through an examination of the form, function and impact of local, national and global social movements. It provides an historical overview of advocacy and activism across a breadth of critical issues, from civil rights to the environment, from armed revolution to digital campaigning, from the early 20th century to today. Through these investigations students will develop deep understanding of the resources and strategies required to effect and sustain social change across a range of international contexts and the capacity to reflect on their ethical implications. Through a self-selected case-study approach, students will engage in-depth research into a contemporary social movement.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate and articulate a critical understanding of the key theoretical and analytical frameworks employed to study social movements;

2. Critically apply this knowledge in-depth, independent, case-study based research; and

3. Discuss and contribute productively to collaborative peer learning.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour tutorial each week.


11150 Global Environmental Futures



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8168 Global Social Movements.

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