- Course code: SAM2085
- Credits: 10
- Semester: Autumn
- Language: English
Power and resistance SAM2085
This course will give you insight into the relationship between power and resistance, in particular how power structures are resisted from below at different geographical levels (local, national, regional and global). The course will present key theoretical perspectives on resistance and social movements, that can be used to analyze empirical cases from different parts of the world. Examples include climate change, migration, sustainable development, populism/nationalism, poverty reduction, and struggles for rights and recognition.
The selected cases might vary from one semester to another, based on current affairs and ongoing research at MF. Examples include climate change, migration, sustainable development, populism / nationalism, poverty reduction, and struggles for rights.
Students should have completed an introductory course to the social sciences (either SAM1000 or SAM1210) before taking the course.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
- take an active part in a minimum of 75 % of the formal teaching activities
- have approved an outline (1 page) for the individual written essay that constitutes the final assessment of the course
- have approved a draft of the individual written essay (minimum 1500 words) and submit written feedback on the drafts of other students
- participate in the in-depth evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 November).
The final grade for this course is given on the basis of an individual written essay (2500-3500 words). This essay is a revised version of the draft essay submitted as a course requirement. The course and final exam will be graded A-F. In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfill the course requirements within the fixed deadline.
- Submission date:
- 1. December 2023
- Submission deadline:
- Final deadline to withdraw from examination:
- 1. November 2023
- Release date for results:
- 21. December 2023
Essay - Ordinary
The student has
- good knowledge of social movement theory
- good knowledge of selected case studies that illustrate the relationship between power and resistance
- knowledge of other theoretical perspectives on resistance
- knowledge of global, national, and local structures that shape actors' political space and agency
The student can:
- identify and analyze connections between power and resistance at different geographical levels
- use academic concepts and theories to analyze empirical cases
- find, evaluate and refer to relevant academic sources
- give and receive feedback on written essays
- use academic knowledge to understand current societal affairs
- reflect upon the relationship between agency and structure
Here you can find the reading list for this course.
Part of the literature will be available digitally, while other parts might only be available in paper format. Some of the literature will be available as compendiums, which you can find via the course room in Canvas.
You will automatically get access to literature that is available digitally when you are sitting at MF, otherwise you can get access by using Oria or by using "External access" in the library's list of databases.
Note that it will take some time before link to the reading list is updated. Please make sure that you are looking at the correct semester's reading list.