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PI5030: PROTEST TO POWER: HOW TO CAMPAIGN AND WIN (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

We live in an era of campaign activism, public protest and movement politics. While traditional politicians are maligned, political activism is on the rise, from the signing of online petitions to street rallies and public marches.  This course examines the history of political activism and campaigning with a focus on how protest turns to power. Combining theoretical understanding and empirical investigation, it analyses how and why political activism takes place, and the factors that determine campaign success or failure.  How do individual campaigners, groups and movements mobilise support? How do they effect change? How is the art of political activism and campaigning evolving?

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Lynn G. Bennie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Master Of Science In Political Activism And Campaigning

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI5530 Protest to Power: How to Campaign and Win (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course aims to understand the changing character and impact of political activism in the world today, including international movements for race and gender equality and local-level campaigns like those against coal plants or fracking.  Key theoretical ideas and concepts will be examined, namely understandings of political activism, campaigns and movements, and theories that help explain the emergence and development of campaigns, specifically their success or failure.

In-depth case study analysis will be used to consider the following themes: The issues that inspire activism around the world; individual motivations behind action; the variety of tactics associated with political activism (from the moderate to the radical); the organisation of protest and activism; how campaigns attempt to influence decision-makers; and political system effects i.e. how campaigns emerge, develop and influence in different political, economic and cultural settings.

Three key perspectives will be examined:

  1. The activist. Who participates? Why do they get involved? How do they participate?  
  2. The campaign organiser. How do they mobilise support, communicate and develop campaign strategies?
  3. The policy- or decision-maker. Why do they listen and respond to some campaigns? What types of campaigns succeed and lead to policy change? In sum, what makes a successful campaign?

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 19

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 15 Feedback Weeks 17

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Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo identify societal issues and problems which lead to political activism, protest and dissent.
FactualUnderstandTo understand the aims of different examples of political activism and campaigns, historically and in contemporary times.
ProceduralAnalyseTo critically analyse the support base and organisation of political activist campaigns.
ProceduralEvaluateTo evaluate the achievements of various campaigns and movements, whether international or state level.

Video podcast/speech

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 13 Feedback Weeks 14

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Written feedback plus peer review

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo identify societal issues and problems which lead to political activism, protest and dissent.
FactualUnderstandTo understand the aims of different examples of political activism and campaigns, historically and in contemporary times.

Report: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 19 Feedback Weeks 20

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo identify societal issues and problems which lead to political activism, protest and dissent.
FactualUnderstandTo understand the aims of different examples of political activism and campaigns, historically and in contemporary times.
ProceduralAnalyseTo critically analyse the support base and organisation of political activist campaigns.
ProceduralEvaluateTo evaluate the achievements of various campaigns and movements, whether international or state level.
ReflectionCreateTo create a campaign (hypothetical or real-world), based on detailed knowledge and understanding of political activism as a campaigning tool.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo identify societal issues and problems which lead to political activism, protest and dissent.
FactualUnderstandTo understand the aims of different examples of political activism and campaigns, historically and in contemporary times.
ProceduralAnalyseTo critically analyse the support base and organisation of political activist campaigns.
ProceduralEvaluateTo evaluate the achievements of various campaigns and movements, whether international or state level.
ReflectionCreateTo create a campaign (hypothetical or real-world), based on detailed knowledge and understanding of political activism as a campaigning tool.

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