Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How do individuals and groups participate in politics, and how can we as individuals position ourselves in relation to processes of change at the community, state and international levels? What models of deliberation and participation are privileged in grassroots, state and global politics, and how is self-determination enacted and contested through them? This unit uses a series of case studies to explore these issues, with a particular view to making sense of the relationship between grassroots and elite politics in processes of social and political change. The course will examine the history and role of the state in shaping the world, before turning to an exploration of those groups disenfranchised by the state, and grassroots movements that have attempted to re-order the world and the way states and individuals interact. Case studies will include the women's movement, movements fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples such as in Australia and Palestine, liberation movements, Occupy, and the queer movement, amongst others.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesResearch essay, group video/podcast activity, weekly blogs and discussion

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60 credit points of level 1 subjects.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

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


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. Critically analyse and report on the interaction of grassroots, state and global processes.
02. Read and research critically on social movements and political change.
03. Describe and analyse the actors who participate in the negotiation of social and political change at the grassroots, state and global level, in a nuanced and critically engaged manner.
04. Develop complex and coherent arguments on the basis of case study analysis.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Major research essay (2500 words) Students will be required to respond to one set question and draw on at least one of the case studies covered.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO4

Group video/podcast activity.

N/AOtherGroupNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Weekly blogs and discussion (equiv. 1000 words over the semester) Students must respond to at least one of the questions set in the background briefing video and respond to at least one of their colleagues' comments. Each response must be approx. 80-100 words and are due before tutorials.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2