Module code: SOC3082

Module Overview

The module aims to provide students with a contextualized account of the study of social movements with an emphasis on the history of protest, subculture and liberation. Via varied examples including the civil rights movements, gender equality and gay liberation, students will gain knowledge and specific critical thinking skills which begins to put Sociology itself in context. This module will also provide students with the opportunity to consider primary historical artefacts/documents and produce related materials.

Module provider


Module Leader

HUBBARD Katherine (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: L300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 40

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introductions to key interdisciplinary thinking about social movements including theory and sociologically studied examples of protest. Critical analysis of the (social) sciences and power and considering Sociology itself in context among such liberation movements. Broad examples concerning, gender, race, sexuality and others related to medicalisation, pathologisation and criminalisation. Applications of theory and historical examples onto contemporary social movements and the links with popular culture.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Group Presentation 40
Examination Seen Exam 60

Alternative Assessment

Assignment 1: 1000 word analysis Assignment 2: Seen Exam

Assessment Strategy

Summative assessment:
Group Presentation (40%)
Seen Exam (60%)

Formative assessment
Weekly seminars sessions where feedback is provided throughout. Opportunities where they are given feedback via interactive and engaged seminar sessions.

Module aims

  • Enable students to demonstrate knowledge and application of theory to the history of social movements
  • Develop students abilities to translate and transfer historical examples to those that are more contemporary and present
  • Critically evaluate and contextualise Sociology as a discipline by demonstrating how academic and activist/popular culture boundaries are blurred

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Develop theoretical understanding of social and political movements K
002 Critically consider social movements in wider sociological and historical contexts C
003 Critically consider sociology itself in context KT
004 Demonstrate ability to argue and apply theoretical knowledge to original and contemporary examples PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 126

Lecture Hours: 12

Seminar Hours: 12

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is based around engaging and varied delivery methods in addition to student reading and classroom activities including peer working.

There will be 12 x 2 hour sessions consisting of both lecture and seminar discussion.

The learning and teaching methods include:
- Some use of flipped classroom
- Lecturing
- Seminar discussion
- Weekly reading and seminar preparation is required for all sessions
- Group presentation preparation
- Some use of workshops

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for SOCIAL MOVEMENTS :

Other information

Feedback Group presentation planning session will provide individual group based feedback on their plans and progress. Week 12 will include an opportunity to discuss exam preparation plans. They are also welcome to get feedback on ideas in all sessions, utlise office hours for discussion about the module and email any time (responses within 2 working days). Formal feedback on the summative assessments will include areas of strength and areas for future improvements as well as more general feedback within 3 semester weeks.

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.