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SOCI310 Social Movements and Popular Protest

An introduction to classic and contemporary debates in social movement studies and critical examination of popular resistance in local and global contexts.

The paper deals with a key aspect of sociology, namely social change.

Paper title Social Movements and Popular Protest
Paper code SOCI310
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 200-level SOCI, GEND, CRIM or ANTH points or 54 200-level points from Arts and Music Schedule C
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with SOCI 404 completed in 2015 or 2016
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator and instructor: Dr Marcelle Dawson
Edwards, G. (2014) Social Movements and Protest, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Additional reading material will be made available on eReserve to supplement the textbook.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Interdisciplinary perspective, Ethics, Global perspective, Cultural understanding Critical thinking, Lifelong learning, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing this paper students will:
  • Be familiar with the scholarship associated with social movement studies, including its theoretical and methodological traditions
  • Develop a global perspective on social movements and popular protest in national and international contexts
  • Be able to critically apply social movement theories to historical and contemporary cases of social movement mobilisation
  • Be able to compare and account for the differences between social movement mobilisation and collective action that occurs in the absence of formal organisation
  • Be able to critically analyse the evolving strategies and tactics that are involved in campaigning outside the context of institutionalised politics

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28, 30-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T2 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41