Social Movements and Collective Action

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social Movements and Collective Action

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    To introduce sociological perspectives on social movements and collective action.
    May include: The variety of forms of social movements and collective action, theories of movements and collective action, social movements and the state.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Detail and evaluate the major theories and key concepts used by sociologists to analyse social movements and collective action.
    -Critically assess the contribution of sociological analysis to an understanding of the variety of forms of social movements and collective action, their social, political and cultural significance and their import for social change.
    -Evaluate the empirical trends and patterns identified by sociologists exploring issues such as: tge development of social movements and nation states, recruitment, membership and leadership in social movements, the role of emotion and culture in movement mobilisation and the success and decline of social movements.
    -Develop an independent and critical perspective on the sociological analysis of social movements and collective action.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    24 lecture hours

    University scheduled written examination: 100% (120 minutes)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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