AMU2920 - Transformation from below: Civil, society, social movements and political change - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences


Associate Professor Marco Buente

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit examines the various ways in which civil society brings about political change. The unit is divided into three parts. First, students are provided with a broad conceptual introduction to civil society and social movements and must investigate why social movements evolved and what role they play as agents of change. In part two, students examine various case studies dealing with traditional and new social movements. During part three, students look at the international level and evaluate the degree to which NGOs and transnational movements act as agents of change.


Students successfully completing this unit should be able to:

  • Evaluate the key debates regarding the origins and impacts of social movements
  • Identify the different explanations for the emergence of social movements
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of globalized social movements
  • Have sound oral and written communication skills and be able to utilize these in debates
  • Understand the importance of critical analysis and be comfortable in challenging ideas and arguments.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS2920, ATS3920