Current affairs: social movements

Course Dates: 19/06/21 - 26/06/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
This 2-session introductory course will contextualise, connect and compare various aspects of both progressive social movements and counter-movements anchored in conservative and populist thought from around the world.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00

Course Code: HPC29

Sat, day, 19 Jun - 26 Jun '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Picket lines, pamphlets and protests. These are easily associated with social movements whichever country we think about. Yet, are social movements manifestations of strong civic society or weak democracy, perhaps both, or something else entirely? Join us in this course to learn more about some of the most globally significant social movements, and how we can understand their emergence, similarities and differences, ways of seeking change and legacies.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will initially discuss how we define social movements and how we can understand them. Situating a range of examples in their own contexts, we will explore the emergence, mobilisation, similarities and differences in ways of seeking change amongst social movements such as, for example, women’s movements, labour movements, the scouting movements, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental movements across the world, indigenous movements in the Global South, the Tea Party movement, Black Lives Matter, LGBT-movements in South East Asia, the Via Campesina peasant movement and Alt Right movements in the West. At the end of the second session, we will also discuss and where to look next if you want to know more.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Distinguish between different forms of social movements, their aims and their ways of realising these
- Situate social movements in their specific and broader contexts
- Discuss more confidently social movements as part of current affairs more broadly.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is introductory. No particular knowledge is required but curiosity and a good grasp of English will help you make the most of the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by way of interactive presentation, group discussion and short reflection exercises.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs. Although the slides and a recommended reading list will be shared, a pen and paper might be handy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see the City Lit website: for further courses in history and politics..

Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.

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