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Module Details for SOU22052 Power State and Social Movements (Part 2 HT)

Module Code


Module Name

Power and State

ECTS weighting


Semester/term taught

Term 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will:

  • Students successfully completing the module should be able to
  • Discuss key theoretical questions relating to social movements and a ‘politics from below’: framing, recruitment, mobilisation, institutionalisation, and identity in movements
  • Apply this theoretical understanding to the practices of social movements in Ireland and elsewhere

Module Content

Power, State and Social Movements 2 focuses on social movements, seeking to understand what social movements are, how they work and what effects they have. The course looks at a variety of social movements in Ireland and beyond and explores them using theory and practical reflection on the movements. We ask what distinguishes social movements from mere protest groups. We study how social movements work and what they achieve. We also look at why people get involved and stay involved in movements dedicated to social change.

Assessment Details

Coursework only. The module is assessed based on presentations and an end-of-term essay.