This unit examines how processes of social change are shaped by a variety of non-institutionalised political actors, including individuals, interest groups and social movements. It will answer questions such as: What is political participation? How and why do people act politically in Australia? How does participation both shape policy agendas and lead to societal change? The main conceptual topics include: political participation, political socialisation, civil society, interest groups and social movements. This conceptual framework will be used to examine the strategic repertoires adopted by movements and groups in society, including: young people, environmental movements, identity movements, the labour movement, anti-corporate globalisation action and community-based politics.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1500wd campaign case analysis (30%), 1x1500wd team campaign design project (30%), 1.5hr exam (30%), Tutorial and online participation (10%)
12 Junior credit points in Government and International Relations or 12 credit points a 1000 level in Politics or International RelationsProhibitions