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Political Activism and Social Change

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Module description

What is political activism? How and why do people collectively and politically mobilise? How do they bring about social change?

This module is about what enables social change, as well as what gets in the way of change occurring. It critically examines how social and political forces constrain people, and it explores the ways in which people act collectively to exercise power over their lives. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it draws on a variety of historical case studies and social and political theories of social movements to understand how political activism emerges within complex structures of power and resistance, and how it creates new possibilities for collective and self-transformation. Students are encouraged to research and evaluate social movements from around the world in which they take a particular interest.

Assessment details

  • Reading blog (worth 20%) 
  • 2,500 word essay (worth 80%)

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