Movements for Social Change

HIS10005 12.5 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


Anti-requisite (Similar in Content)
HIS30002 Gender and History

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to some of the social movements that have shaped and are shaping western societies. Using case studies, it critically examines why and how these movements came about and assesses their cultural and political ramifications. Exploring a range of movements – including women’s fight for the franchise in the 19th and 20th centuries, the gay liberation movement of the 1970s and the rise of right-wing extremism from the 1980s – it looks at the myriad ways people have imagined and fought for social justice.

Graduate Learning Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify, describe and evaluate key social movements that have shaped contemporary society
2. Locate, interrogate, and integrate primary and secondary sources in the development of an argument
3. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the unit content in a written and spoken form
4. Critically engage with key debates in the relevant scholarly literature;
5. Reflect critically on historical trends that have shaped contemporary society.

Courses with unit

New unit from: 2022
BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-EDSART1 Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts