AIR348 - Activists Beyond Borders

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Danielle Chubb
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit critically examines the nature, effectiveness and implications of transnational activism in world politics. In the first part of the unit, students analyse debates around global agenda setting and transnational activists. Conceptual issues around strategies, effectiveness, state-activist interaction and the politics of representation are then applied to the practice of international relations through a series of case studies in the second part of the unit.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the key conceptual issues surrounding transnational non-state activism in world politics

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse key political and ethical problems surrounding transnational activism, demonstrate an understanding of the politics of global agenda setting and evaluate the effectiveness of these movements

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Develop the capacity to locate and critically examine digital media relating to global issues sourced from the Internet

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking


Work collaboratively with team members to create a strategy paper for a transnational NGO movement

GLO7: Teamwork


Critically assess arguments from a number of sources in order to make an independent evaluation of individual studies of transnational activism

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Construct convincing arguments with reference to contentious issues in world politics that are systematic, clearly written and evidence-based

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar/Online exercises 1500 words
or equivalent
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Essay 1800 words
or equivalent
40% Week 8
Assessment 3 (Group) - Assignment 3500 words 
or equivalent per group [approx. 700 words per student]
40% End-of-unit assessment period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIR348
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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