New Social Movements, 7.5 credits (740G66)

New Social Movements, 7.5 hp

Course description

In this course the focus is on understanding and analysing new social movements. This is done by discussing similarities and differences between (old) Social Movements and New Social Movements. Old and new social movements are discussed in relation to social conflicts. In understanding and analysing social movements the focus is on vision, politics and organisation, within a context of social change, the role of the state, internationalisation and globalisation. Students will be given the opportunity of more closely focus on a particular social movement and through seminar assignments based on movement material and/or newspaper articles analyse social movements.

Main field of study

Social and Culture Analysis


First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Branka Likic-Brboric

Course coordinator

Branka Likic-Brboric

Director of studies or equivalent

Zoran Slavnic

Available for exchange students



Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Norrköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Norrköping

Main field of study

Social and Culture Analysis

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

At least 105 passed ECTS credits in Social- or Behavioural sciences, or equivalent.

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Exemption from Swedish 3/B

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to: 
-  account for central fundamental features of the development of social movements from the middle of the 19th century to present day with particular focus on the relationship between political vision and political action 
-  compare and analyse central texts in the field, based on issues that are justified and relate to present-day theoretical discussions about social movements 
-  identify and, in text, analytically apply concepts and analytical instruments that have been and are central to the discussion about social movements 
-  formulate relevant and surveyable research issues in the area. 

Course content

In the course, what has been called "new social movements" is analysed and discussed, as well as in which respects these differ from previous forms of social movements. Social and political movements, mainly from the 20th century, are related to the prevailing norms and ideals of the surrounding society. The role of intellectuals as agents of change is addressed in relation to social changes, such as the democratisation and the development of the welfare state. Particular focus is on the relation between political ideals and political action strategies. A gender perspective dominates the course as a whole. 

Teaching and working methods

The teaching takes the form of lectures and group discussions in seminars. The students should also study independently.  


The course is examined through an independent written assignment. 

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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MRE3 Exercises EC 1.5 credits
MRE5 Exercises EC 0.5 credits
MRE6 Exercises EC 0.5 credits
SRE1 Exercises EC 5 credits

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