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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT3025: Social Movements and Collective Action

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

On this module you will explore different forms of contemporary political action. You will learn about the lineage of different social movements, mobilisations and political paradigms, as well as the ways in which these have been studied within anthropology and the social sciences more broadly. You will also have the chance to interrogate terms such as ‘the political’, ‘resistance’ and ‘activism’ highlighting how they have been used in social scientific literature, as well as considering what they might mean in different geographical, social and cultural contexts today.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate strong familiarity with the major contemporary anthropological (and more broadly social scientific) approaches to the study of social movements and collective action
2. show an in-depth understanding of specific issues related to the study of social movements and collective action, such as the changing nature of the political, the difference between social movements and new social movements, and the different meanings and usages of terms such as resistance or activism
3. show an understanding of debates around activist anthropology and its complexities
Discipline-Specific Skills4. critically relate a body of knowledge to specific contexts within the field of anthropology and the social sciences
5. express coherent anthropological ideas both in writing and verbally
Personal and Key Skills6. undertake independent study concerning the subject matter of the course
7. select appropriately from a range of suggested material and present key arguments clearly and convincingly
8. reflect critically on the various analytic perspectives presented in the course