Street Protest and Social Movements in the Modern Era: Context (HIH3297)
|Staff||Dr Matthias Reiss - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at Level 1 and/or Level 2.|
|Co-requisites||HIH3296 Street Protest and Social Movements in the Modern Era Sources|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module helps students to get an interdisciplinary perspective on the history, meaning and impact of street protest in Great Britain, the United States and other countries. It trains them in interpreting and contextualizing a wide variety of different and often unfamiliar sources, such as images, film and music, and helps them to improve their presentation skills by asking them to do a variety of group presentations on a range of different topics.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Evaluate the different complex themes in the history of street protest and social movements.
- 2. Make close specialist evaluation of the key developments within the period, developed through independent study and seminar work.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Analyse the key developments within the study of street protest and social movements.
- 4. Focus on and comprehend complex issues.
- 5. Understand and deploy relevant historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.
- 6. Follow street protest across the period.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Independently and autonomously study and also work within a group, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 9. Present complex arguments orally.
The module focuses on the historical context which triggered street protest and social movements in Great Britain, the United States and other countries. Among the protests it deals with are, for example, the protest of the unemployed in Britain during the 1880s, May Day demonstrations in a global context, Coxey’s Army, suffrage parades in Britain and America, the protest of the unemployed in Britain and America between the World Wars, the 1930 Salt March in India, the TUC Hyde Park demonstration in 1933, the Battle of Cable Street, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the protest against the war in Vietnam, the People’s Marches for Jobs in the 1980s, the protest in Northern Ireland, the Million Man March of 1995, and the protest events organized by the Global Justice Movement. In addition it will address themes such as leadership, music, policing or the impact of the media, and students will be asked to research a protest event of their choice.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities||44||Seminars (22x2hr)|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars, coursework and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course||1-7, 9||Verbal from tutor and fellow students.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||25||3000 words||1-8||Verbal and written|
|Unseen Exam||50||2 questions in 2 hours||1-8||Verbal and written|
|Essay||25||3000 words||1-8||Verbal and written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Two essays||Two essays||1-8||Referral/deferral period|
|Unseen exam||Unseen exam||1-8||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Barber, Lucy G., Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition (Berkeley, 2002).
Della Porta, Donatella, and Mario Diani, Social Movements: An Introduction (Malden, Mass., 2006).
Dickson, Paul and Thomas B. Allen, The Bonus Army: An American Epic (New York, 2004).
Flanagan, Richard, “Parish-Fed Bastards”: A History of the Politics of the Unemployed in Britain, 1884-1939 (New York, 1991).
Folson, Franklin, Impatient Armies of the Poor: The Story of Collective Action of the Unemployed, 1808-1942 (Niwot, 1991).
Jarman, Neil, Material Conflicts: Parades and Visual Displays in Northern Ireland (Oxford, 1997).
Kingsford, Peter, The Hunger Marchers in Britain, 1920-1939 (London, 1982).
Klandermans, Bert and Suzanne Staggenborg, Methods of Social Movement Research (Minneapolis, 2002).
Kushner, Tony and Nadia Valman (eds.), Remembering Cable Street: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Society (London, 2000).
Reiss, Matthias (ed.), The Street as Stage: Protest Marches and Public Rallies since the Nineteenth Century (Oxford, 2007).
Tickner, Lisa, The Spectacle of Women: Imagery of the Suffrage Campaign 1907-14 (Chicago, 1988).
Tilly, Charles, Social Movements, 1768-2004 (Boulder, 2004).
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Web based and electronic resources:
“A Guid Cause… The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland – their Struggles for Change within Society,” http://suffragettes.nls.uk/sources
“BBC Archive: Bloody Sunday,” http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/bloody_sunday
“Greenham Common: The Women’s Peace Camp 1981-2000,” http://archive.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/22/greenham/index.htm
“Marching on Washington,” http://www.pbs.org/pov/brotheroutsider/march/index.html
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Key words search
Protest, Social Movements, Suffrage, Civil Rights, Feminism, Peace Movement, Unemployment, Modern Britain, United States, Policing, Memory, Leadership