pol5hsm how social change happens




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject scrutinizes phenomena of social, political and economic change. It does so by combining the practical perspectives offered by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other change agents, with the latest academic research from a wide range of disciplines. It examines the ways in which entities such as the government, the media and the business community may influence change, and are themselves targets for change. It also considers how change agents define, negotiate, and pursue notions of social improvement, paying particular attention to the importance of coalition building, leadership, and activism. Over the semester, practitioners--coming from NGOs, Multilateral Organizations, Transnational Corporations, social enterprises, political and community organizations--will introduce students to relevant case studies, and share insights from their field experience. The subject is designed for students doing the Master of International Development, but it is relevant to students from the across the social sciences and health sciences.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects POL4MSH, POL5MSH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject the Master of International Development (AMID/AMIDV/AMIDH/HZHPHID/HZPHID), but open to students not doing these awards

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain and evaluate contending theoretical perspectives on how social change occurs

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02. Demonstrate an understanding of how different actors (such as NGOs, Governments, Media, Business) influence social change and are themselves targets for social change.

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03. Analyze strengths and weaknesses of relevant interventions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael O'Keefe

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
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Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Reflective Journals (1,000 word equivalent)Critically reflect on case studies presented by guest speakers2001
Critical Case Study Analysis (3,000 words)Produce a written analysis of a case study, and demonstrate close engagement with the academic and development literature6001, 02, 03
Case Study Presentation and Seminar Exercises (1,000 word equivalent)Review strengths and weaknesses of interventions/frameworks presented by guest speakers, and demonstrate close engagement with development reports2001, 02, 03