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INGS3602: Social Movements in the Global South

Why do social movements emerge in particular countries? How do social movement actors relate to one another across borders, and how effective are they at promoting social change? To what extent are these movements context specific or transnational? How do they construct or broker models of knowledge and action? Building on the insights from INGS2601 Transnational Actors and Networks, students will apply a interdisciplinary lens to social movements in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, four key regions within the Global South.

Code INGS3602
Academic unit Languages and Cultures
Credit points 6
18 credit points at 2000 level in Global Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a deeper understanding of the local-global interface in social activism and the transnational architecture of power and knowledge, as developed in units such as Transnational Spaces and Networks, with specific reference to civil society actors in the Global South
  • LO2. assess the usefulness and limitations of the frameworks, Global South/Global North, in reference to the regions under study in the unit and in the context of interdisciplinary knowledge on contemporary culture, society, politics and economy
  • LO3. evaluate trends in the emergence of social movements in the Global South, their chief shared characteristics and differences, how they interact with and diverge from those of the Global North
  • LO4. identify and apply key analytical frameworks for examining social movements in particular national, regional and geopolitical sites, in both physical and virtual spaces
  • LO5. critically engage with secondary literature on selected instances of social movement action and coordination on local, national and transnational scales
  • LO6. apply interdisciplinary knowledge and self-reflection both to individual and collaborative research
  • LO7. demonstrate sensitivity to the role of language in hegemonic and counterhegemonic discourses used in political arena by contending actors and in media sources
  • LO8. show understanding of the way that culturally specific histories of nation, state formation, democratization, (neo)colonialism, neoliberalism, and factors like religion, gender, ethnicity, race and sexuality can corroborate and/or militate against pan-social movement and transnational activism.

Unit outlines

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