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SO336 - Social Movements and Political Action

  • Module code: SO336
  • Module name: Social Movements and Political Action
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Whether we personally take part or not, social movements have played a central role in our lives. Without social movements, many injustices of the past and present would remain unaddressed: from overturning feudal serfdom, to abolishing the legal slave trade, to the extension of the franchise for men and women, to labour rights, to overcoming state-sanctioned apartheids, to post-colonial nationalism, to putting civil rights on the agenda, to the recognition of women’s rights, to addressing environmental destruction, to the popularisation of fairer international trade, to human rights and LGBTQI rights. Whether a march, sit-in, protest camp, squat, street battle, armed insurrection, coup or revolution; global history – and particularly modern history – is a story of social movements and political action.

Principal learning outcomes

This module focuses on the evolution and role of contemporary social movements in society. Each week we will focus on one movement as a case study, using such examples to reveal different aspects of political action outside of the state. Rather than focusing on the subdisciplines of social movement theory or social movement studies, however, we will be looking more at the findings and philosophy of critical researchers who are actively involved in with such movements. Warwick is an active university and the Sociology department is an active department. We will therefore be using, where possible, research from within the department as a route into work on wider movements and ideas. This makes the module particularly useful when thinking ahead to your dissertations and considering potential supervisors within the department.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module will run in the Spring Term

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/prospective/ugstudy/modules/so336

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO336-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L306) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (with Intercalated year) (ML14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 4
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4