HOW SOCIAL CHANGE HAPPENS

DST5HSM

2020

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. Students will learn the ways in which entities such as the government, the media and the business community may influence change, and are themselves targets for change. Students will also learn about 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-ordinatorTom McNamara

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL4MSH, POL5MSH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Reflective journal, participation in seminars and discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
In-class presentation, engagement of lecturer and guest presenters
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Analyze strengths and weaknesses of relevant interventions

Activities:
Literature review, discussion in class, in-class presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Demonstrate the application of concepts and theories of social change

Activities:
Case study analysis, discussion in class.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom McNamara

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.5 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"we need seminar teaching rooms with video-recording facilities we are also trying to put a request to move it to City Campus (Collins Street), but the system won't allow us to Seminar to be scheduled in classroom with video-recording facility "

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Reflective Journals (1,000 word equivalent)Critically reflect on case studies presented by guest speakers20 01
Critical Case Study Analysis (3,000 words)Produce a written analysis of a case study, and demonstrate close engagement with the academic and development literature60 01, 02, 03, 04
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 reports20 01, 02, 03, 04