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MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change

Unit code SOCY60142
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

 This course aims to offer a detailed account of various ways of understanding social and political movements. Theories operating at different levels of analysis – individual, group and society – will be critically assessed for their ability to illuminate the process and structures evident in social movement action.

Additionally, the course will engage with empirical examination of social movements with diverse aims and objectives. These will be used both to illuminate and to test the various theories considered in the course.

Aims

 This course aims to offer a detailed account of various ways of understanding social and political movements. Theories operating at different levels of analysis – individual, group and society – will be critically assessed for their ability to illuminate the process and structures evident in social movement action.

Additionally, the course will engage with empirical examination of social movements with diverse aims and objectives. These will be used both to illuminate and to test the various theories considered in the course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  •  Identify and critically assess competing approaches to understanding social movements.
  • Understand the emergence and evolution of different forms of mobilisation
  • Analyse the value of different theories of social movement in relation to different cases and contexts

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Recommended reading

Required readings will be made available electronically via the course website. All other readings should be available from the University Main Library. Most reading is specific to particular topics as described in the reading list below. The following more general textbooks are helpful as preliminary reading:

 Edwards, G. (2014). Social Movements and Protest. New York u.a.: Cambridge University Press.

Johnston, H. (2014) What is a Social Movement? Cambridge: Polity Press.

Crossley, N. (2002). Making Sense of Social Movements. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simin Fadaee Unit coordinator

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