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SOCI3075 Project: Collective Action and Social Change

Module Overview

In this module you will be able to examine a variety of organisations involved in social change, such as governmental and non-governmental organisations, voluntary organisations, social movement organisations and charitable organisations. You will be helped to understand how these movements and organisations are located in their historical and spatial context, why people join such organisations, how they are financed and what effects they have. The SOCI3075 module will be taken association with the co-requisite SOCI3074 module. The intention, as with other existing project modules, is to enable you to research in some depth, and on a group basis, a specific issue or topic within the area covered by the co-requisite module. This reflects the underlying philosophy of creating a shift at successive levels of the Sociology and Social Policy degree programmes towards a more active learning stance on the part of the student, with a growing focus on active and independent enquiry on both an individual and group basis. The final semester group project is an intrinsic part of this overall approach, and allows assessment of work produced on a group basis and delivered through formal presentation, thus linking to the generic skills learning outcomes of oral communication and presentations and group working listed in the specifications for the relevant programmes. The inclusion of a reflective account, in which you will record and reflect upon your experience of working in the group, and the lessons you have learned from it relates directly to the learning outcome of reflection on your own learning.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- to identify a specific issue or topic within the area covered by the co-requisite unit SOCI 3074 'Collective Action and Social Change' - to do some in-depth research - to conduct this research together with other students (group project) - to reflect on your group work and learning experiences - to present your research project to other students in your cohort

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Clearly identify and define the research question you are examining.
  • Present your findings in a clear and coherent fashion through oral presentation, making use of appropriate visual aids.
  • Produce a concise written summary of your work and findings in the form of supporting documentation for the oral presentation.
  • Work effectively in a group to produce the specified outputs.
  • Present your findings in a clear and coherent fashion through oral presentation, making use of appropriate visual aids.
  • Relate your findings to relevant theoretical, conceptual and empirical material considered in the co-requisite module.
  • Produce a concise written summary of your work and findings in the form of supporting documentation for the oral presentation.
  • Work effectively in a group to produce above outputs.
  • Reflect critically on your experience of conducting the project, and on the lessons of the experience for your future learning and group work experiences.
  • Clearly identify and define the research question you are examining.
  • Relate your findings to relevant theoretical, conceptual and empirical material considered in the co-requisite module.
  • Reflect critically on your experience of conducting the project, and on the lessons of the experience for your future learning and group work experiences.

Syllabus

Given the project-based nature of the SOCI3075 module, it is not possible to specify curricular content in detail. Exemplars of the type of project which might be undertaken include: - Studies of local, national or international non-profit organizations with respect to fundraising, recruitment, activities and impact (for example Cancer Research, Amnesty International, Salvation Army, Southampton Centre for Independent Living) - Studies of labour unions, business organizations, political parties, churches - Studies of local government dealing with non-profit organizations - Studies of alternative enterprises (for example fair trade shop, charity shops such as Oxfam)

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Seminar25
Independent Study125
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Lofland (1996). Social Movement Organisations: Guide to Research on Insurgent Realities. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  (30 minutes) 35%
Group project  (500 words) 65%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Module in suspension in 2016/17.

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