Protest movements, Culture, and Social Change
This course provides a sociological introduction to the study of
culture in protest movements, including debates about social class
and group culture, race/ethnicity, gender/intersectionality,
nationality, language, and religion. How do cultural diversity and
inequality influence the potential of social movements to promote
social change on the local ground and in global arenas of political
and media debate? In a moment where right wing political parties
mobilize cultural difference as a threat, social movements around
the globe try to build coalitions across social differences to
address global collective action problems including climate change
and ethnic or religious conflicts. How and to what extend do
engaged citizens and the current progressive movements succeed to
reach out to ordinary people to build broader coalitions? How do
they use digital media networks and everyday politics to support
minorities, migrants and refugees?
First, we will investigate culture within local or transnationally operating non-state organizations such as NGOs and activist groups. Second, we will look at culture as a set of discourses and practices analyzing news media framing digital media, narrative, and translation practices used by radical movements. Lectures and research presentations in this course will allow students to gain an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective on culture, protest movements, and social change. We focus on case studies including the climate justice movement, indigenous people’s movements, anti-racist movements, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, as well as pro-democracy movements in Asia, the Arab Spring, Occupy and Indignados movements. We compare protests in the context of the global pandemic, including protests against Corona regulations. Last but not least we critically explore far right and populist right wing political mobilization online and offline.
Bachelor elective course
From Autumn 2022 the course is also offered to students at:
- Bachelor Programmes in Anthropology
- Master Programmes in Global Development
- Bachelor Programmes in Psykology
Enrolled students can register the course directly through the Selfservice a KUnet without a preapproval.
Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.
The course will provide the students with knowledge of:
- the core sociological research literature within the thematic field of the course, and
- familiarity with the recent literature on Protest, Culture, and Social Change including interdisciplinary research on political participation, and research in cultural sociology, gender and media studies, narrative and discourse studies.
Students will have trained their ability to:
- compare and contrast key theoretical perspectives that are central to the thematic field of research within the course
- identify significant international and interdisciplinary developments in research on Protest, Culture, and Social Change.
- apply and critically discuss key theoretical concepts within the thematic field of the course
- review and reflect on the interdisciplinary scientific literature on Protest, Culture, and Social Change acquiring insights into a number of different disciplines and their conceptualization of the themes we discuss as well as their state of the art.
Further, students should also be able to
- assess and discuss practical relevance of their analysis for key actors, issues, and problems within and across the methodological and thematic fields addressed by the course.
In carrying out the presentations, projects, and written assignments students demonstrate that they have acquired competencies that allow them to independently
- identify and analyse empirical cases and settings for research on the themes of the course.
Lectures, class discussions, student presentations, exercises
and written assignments based on the readings. The presentations
include project work (either individually or in groups).
Students are expected to contribute actively to discussion of core theoretical-analytical tools as well as the more specific analytical examples and case studies. In their written assignments, including the final written take-home essay assignment, students are expected to identify their own analytical questions and demonstrate their capacity to critically assess and analyse empirical data based on the examples and case studies we discuss in class.
Students should also expect to review literature and assess empirical data besides the course texts. Aspects of conducting
Readings include peer-reviewed journal articles, book
chapters, films, literary narratives and digital media
storytelling, newspaper articles and videos. Students are required
to read approximately 600-700 pages.
Students are also expected to choose supplementary reading materials for their presentations, projects, and written assignments (approximately 300 pages).
Peer feedback is integrated into the teaching through feedback on the ideas for the analysis of empirical case studies, societal debates and theories discussed in the course.
Self Service at KUnet
Registration deadline for courses is:
June 1st for Autumn semester
December 1st for Spring semester.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
Sociology Student (from KU):
Registration online at KUnet
International exchange students:
You must sign up by filling in an application form. Find it at www.sociology.ku.dk.
Find more information at www.soc.ku.dk under Uddannelse -> Meritstuderende.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
Please see the learning outcome.
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Vejl 40 personer.
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Psychology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Nicole Doerr (2-716743767266316e7831676e)
Nicole Doerr, e-mail: email@example.com
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