Social Change

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The course provides an overview over why and how societies change. It introduces critical theories of social change in the social sciences, and examines a variety of instances, when people’s lives undergo transformations. It investigates the significance of technologies for inducing change and looks at various social movements that have emerged in response to or as instigators of social change. Local lives are one focus of the course, yet the second part looks at key issues of social change on a global scale, examining globalisation and cosmopolitanism, global justice, environmental and health issues, as well as the question of ‘development’.