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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?
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.