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Social Movements in the Digital Era (2 º Sem 2016/2017)

Code: 02894
Acronym: 02894
Level: 2nd Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 20.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 21.0 h/sem 129.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2016/2017
Pre-requisites Not applicable
Objectives The role of new digital technologies has been very important in the more recent waves of protest, from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement. Furthermore, these same new technologies also represent a fundamental resource for the analysis of these social movements. This Curricular Unit (UC) proposes to tackle the question of social movements in the digital era from this twofold perspective. Thus, on the one hand, it intends to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the new forms of protest (the so-called new-new social movements, or mega networks). On the other hand, the students will gain familiarity with the principal theories and analysis methodologies established within the area of social movements studies, especially related to the new means of communication. Finally, the students will be invited to carry out an empirical piece of work with the application of the learnt research tools.
Program The course will evolve around the following Program Contents (CP):
CP1.Introduction to social movement and contentious politics concepts
CP2.Introduction to the sociology of social movements:origins of this field of studies,most commonly faced questions,open debates,principal works carried out, its evolution faced with the digital era
CP3.Explanation of the main methodologies of study:Protest Event Analysis,interviews with activists,analysis of networks,analysis of the content of digital platforms of the movements
CP4.Presentation of the application of the different methodologies in the principal works carried out in this area (macro,mega and micro approaches)
CP5.Analysis of the most recent waves of mobilisations (Arab Spring,occupy and indignados) and of the role of the ICT,with special focus on the anti-austerity movements in Southern Europe and Portugal
CP6.Development of an empirical study through the theoretical tools of analysis and acquired methodologies.
Evaluation Method Continuous assessment:regular participation (20%). Students will also be assessed through the submission of a written test on the topics developed (30%) and of an individual essay on a specific subject chosen by them (50%). The total time necessary for the drafting is estimated at 20h of bibliographic research and/or field work.
Students who do not opt for continuous assessment or fail in this assessment regime may take the final examination (100%) at the periods provided for this.
Teaching Method The course is developed through theoretical-methodological lessons, presentation and case-study discussion, practical exercises of demonstration and application of the acquired analytical tools. Group discussion sessions around specific issues linked to social movements in the digital era or to the use of the ICT in the study of movements, are planned.
Observations The bibliography includes fundamental works on the theory of social movements, as well as empirical studies carried out on mobilisations in the digital age.
Basic Bibliographic Bimber B., Flanagin A. J., Stohl C. (2012). Collective Action in Organizations: Interaction and Engagement in an Era of Technological Change. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Castells, M. (2012), Networks of outrage and hope., Malden: Cambridge University Press.
Della Porta, D. (2014), Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Earl J, Kimport K. (2011). Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Lewis, K., Gray, K. Meierhenrich, J. (2014), ?The Structure of Online Activism?, Sociological Science 1: 1-9.
Tremayne, M. (2013), ?Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street?, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest 13(1): 110-126.
Trottier, D, Fuchs, C. (2014), Social media, politics and the state. Protests, revolutions, riots, crime and policing in the age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. New York: Routledge.
Complementar Bibliographic Accornero, G. and Ramos Pinto P. (2015), ?Mild Mannered?? Protest and Mobilisation in Portugal in Times of Crisis?, West European Politics 38(3): 491-515.
Beissinger, M. ?Conventional' and 'Virtual' Civil Societies in Autocratic Regimes?, paper presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 25-27, 2013.
Flesher Fominaya, C. (2014), ?Debunking Spontaneity: Spain's 15-M/Indignados as Autonomous Movement?, Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest 14(2): 142-163.
Foot, K. A., Schneider, S. M. (2006), Web campaigning. Cambridge, MA: MIT
Della Porta D., Diani M. (1999), Social movements: an introduction, Blackwell, Oxford.
Howard P. N., Parks M. R. (2012), ?Social Media and Political Change: Capacity, Constraint, and Consequence?, Journal of Communication 62 (2): 359?62
Latour, B. (2005), Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to. Actor-Network-Theory. New York: Oxford University. Press.
McAdam, D., Tarrow, S.G. and Tilly, C. (2001), Dynamics of Contention, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Melucci, A. (1996), Challenging Codes: Collective Action in the Information Age. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mosca, L. (2010), ?From the Streets to the Net? The Political Use of the Internet by Social Movements?, International Journal of E-Politics 1(1): 1-21
Mosca, L., Calenda, D. (2009), Researching online participation, special issue of Information, Communication & Society 12(6).
Tarrow S. (2011). Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press
Tilly, C., Tarrow, S. (2006), Contentious Politics, Boulder: Paradigm.
Van de Donk, W. et al. (2006), Cyberprotest: New Media, Citizens and Social Movements, London: Routledge.
Wolfsfeld, G., Segev, E., Sheafer, T.  ?Social Media and the Arab Spring. Politics Comes First?, The International Journal of Press/Politics 18(2): 115-137