HOW SOCIAL CHANGE HAPPENS

DST5HSM

2021

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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTom McNamara

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesReflective journal, participation in seminars and discussions.In-class presentation, engagement of lecturer and guest presenters.Literature review, discussion in class.Case study analysis.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsPOL4MSH OR POL5MSH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply and critically evaluate contending theoretical perspectives on how social change occurs
02. Demonstrate an understanding of how different actors (such as NGOs, Governments, Media, Business influence social change and are themselves targets for social change.
03. Analyse strengths and weaknesses of relevant interventions
04. Demonstrate the application of concepts and theories of social change

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTom McNamara

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.50 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Reflective Journals (1,000 word equivalent)Critically reflect on case studies presented by guest speakers

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1

Critical Case Study Analysis (3,000 words)Produce a written analysis of a case study, and demonstrate close engagement with the academic and development literature

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

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 reports

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4