Aims/Description: This module looks at the different forms that activism can take and how activism can have a significant influence on social policy. The module will explore a number of theories of social movements and social change and will be based around case studies which will examine the success and/or failure of social movements in bringing about social and political change in the countries which historically belonged to the Spanish and Portuguese Empires. The module will also examine the role of academic research in social change and the increasing importance of the internet, new technologies and the phenomenon of fake news.

Staff Contact: O'NEILL PAUL
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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