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Rebels and revolutionaries make history. How do they do so? And with what consequences? This subject surveys the modern history of rebellion over more than 200 years. It is structured around the career of significant rebels, from Lenin to Gandhi, from the Suffragettes to Julian Assange. Attention is directed to three major issues: the historical context that incites rebellion; the political techniques rebels adopt and perfect; and the influence of rebels on later struggles. Because the course is organised chronologically, students engage not only with individual struggles, but also learn about the changing forms of political action over time.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the history of modern political rebellion and revolution;
- locate, identify, analyse and contextualise materials relating to the history of modern rebellion;
- display a critical understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches to the history of political change;
- undertake research on an aspect of the modern history of rebellion and revolution, according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline; and
- demonstrate clarity and fluency in oral and written communication.
Last updated: 17 February 2020