MSc Environmental Governance
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course explores the following weekly topics:
- Introduction to Social Movements
- Rationality and Resource Mobilization
- Political Opportunities, Political Processes and Contentious Politics
- New Social Movements and Collective Identity
- Interpretative Frames, Ideologies and Movement Culture
- Strategies for Success? Understanding the Impacts of Movements
- Technology and Transnational Activism
- Beyond Social Movements: From Resistance to Revolution
- Social Movement Studies and the Global South
- Summary & Conclusion
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.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
•Identify and critically assess competing approaches to understanding social movements.
•Understand the evolutions of a range of historical and contemporary social movements.
•Analyze the value of different theories of social movements in relation to empirical materials.
Written assignment (3000 word essay) 100%
Required readings will be made available electronically via the course website.
|Simin Fadaee||Unit coordinator|