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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The whole point of this study is to begin to sketch how to make a difference, or how to be a difference. Over an intensive period of study in the winter or the early summer, this subject offers you an opportunity to identify and investigate a topic of community activism situated in any area where community life intersects with agendas for change or for continuity. In consultation with academics, you can approach this subject about activism from a range of theoretical and applied perspectives. Within important limits of university policy and your own and public safety, you are a co-authors of this subject. You determine and research the issue mattering to you. You explore ways to bring it to the critical attention of the general public. Through case-based teaching, you will learn to argue and defend your analyses. You will explore the evidence base for the options for how best to communicate your findings effectively and persuasively. This subject is about the social, political and cultural contexts shaping public engagement with change and activism. At the conclusion of the subject, you will have learned skills related to constructive community activism and engagement.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdrian Jones

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOnline seminar and online discussion. Opinion Piece. Outline of an activism proposal. Final activist proposal imagining alternative futures.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any first year subject in HuSS, and at least one core subject in the second-year of any discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsDepending on the themes of the subject, students may be required (and at their own expense) to obtain a Working with Children and a Police Check before enrolment.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrereading

AuthorAziz Choudry



PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press


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Career Ready


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. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and socio-cultural evolution of two activism campaigns and assess criteria for their success or failure
02. Interpret and evaluate conflicting viewpoints in the case of mobilizing public opinion relating to activist issues.
03. Critically and creatively conduct research and apply a range of research techniques and conceptual frameworks to analyse activist concerns
04. Effectively identify and, in writing, articulate persuasively a coherent position on an imagined, alternative future.
05. Demonstrate an ability to assemble, synthesise and communicate findings

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