historical or contemporary social change and social movements? How (what evidence) can I make this / these claims?
What do you mean by ‘reflect on the significance of the theory for historical and contemporary change’?
Following your reading of the theory I want you to think of examples either international or Australian of where this theory has been or is applied to produce social change or is reflected in strategies adopted by a historical or contemporary social movement. You are required to explain how you think this theory may operate in this context to produce social change either historically or contemporarily or how this theory could explain the strategies adopted by the movement. For example, has the theory explored in the essential reading been used by the feminist movement in Australia to produce social change or is it implicit in their approach? How can you make this claim? What evidence do you have? (Please note that the evidence can be scholarly or from a website affiliated with the social movement, a speech or newspaper article from a reputable news outlet).
Please note: In order to achieve more than a pass for this section you will need to explain and support your claims with evidence. For example, ‘Networking can be seen particularly in recent pushes for social change in the juvenile justice system for Indigenous youth in the Northern Territory. This is because …’
Read the required reading and sources from the bounded set of literature to understand the theory.
Think about where you can see this theory in examples of historical and contemporary social change and how (what evidence) can I make this / these conclusion/s (I.e. Is there academic scholarship with also makes these connections? Read these).
Synthesise your reading on the theory to explain the theory, key arguments and key concepts.
Analyse and evaluate the theory drawing on academic scholarship and your case study.
How do I go about this?
Understanding and communicating the main points, key arguments and key concepts
In order to be able to understand and clearly and succinctly communicate the main points, key arguments and key concepts of the theory, it is important to plan to spend at least half the time you devote to this assessment reading and understanding the material. This will also ensure that the example you pick is directly related to the theory.