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This module looks at local and transnational social movements and activism within the context of globalisation and international development. It explores such questions as:
-What does it mean to struggle to achieve global justice?
-What are the ideologies, assumptions and political goals of contemporary social movements today?
-How has neo-liberal globalisation affected global justice activism and social movements? How are movements responding?
-What are the identities of social movements? Who are the key actors within social movements today and how are they different from each other?
Eg: NGOs, grassroots organisations, networks, trade unions, churches, political parties.
-What are the diverse strategies and tools used by social movements and how effective are they?
-What are the possibilities for achieving and sustaining change toward greater global justice?
The module will also examine a number of case studies of global social movements, including environmental rights movements, anti-austerity and debt justice movements,
Occupy, tax justice movements, housing movements, gay rights and racial justice movements.