Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Julian C. H. Lee


This subject examines the various contexts and methods by which social and political change has been brought about through various forms of activism. Themes explored include the efficacy of violence and non-violence, the internet and technology, religion, consumer choices, and the United Nations. Issues addressed include gender and sexuality rights, refugees, health and AIDS, and civil liberties. All are examined in specific contexts from around the world including South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Nicaragua, Britain, and India. This subject will provide an overview of the various factors that influence and enable the bringing about of social change.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. have an understanding of the variety of ways in which social and political change has been brought about in various parts of the world and at different times in history.
  2. gain insight into the factors that influence the form of social and political change including information communication technology, religion and capitalism.
  3. become aware of the historical and cultural circumstances that shape the issues of pertinence in a given society and the methods by which change is advanced, including legal, electoral, and international mechanisms.
  4. develop a familiarity with debates regarding methods of political change including the use of violence and the role of religion.
  5. have improved their oral skills and team-work skills by participating in class discussions and activities.
  6. have developed their critical and written skills through a research-based essay on political and social change.


Major essay (2500 words): 45%
Exam: 45%
Tutorial participation and oral presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Julian C. H. Lee

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies


ATS1325, ATS1326