In this Course, we consider change and transition and the reasons for this process of change, particularly as it affects the organisations and institutions of our society. If we were somehow transported in time back to the mid-nineteenth century, we know that many things would be unfamiliar, strange or unusual. While nineteenth-century Britain would be unmistakably "British", many things such as transport, patterns of behaviour and other structures and processes would be virtually unrecognisable.
Similarly, if we were projected into the twenty-third century, many of the current institutions, structures and processes with which we are familiar would have changed beyond all recognition or have ceased to exist altogether.
When you have completed this course, you should be able to understand why change occurs in a society and to illustrate the process of change by examples from trade unions and work organisations. You should also be able to appreciate the major change processes affecting organisations and society as well as being able to identify and explain "post-industrialism" and "post-modernism" as central concepts of change.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
* define change.
* identify significant features of two theories of social change - social evolutionism and historical materialism.
* discuss and give examples of the influence upon social change of the physical environment, political organisation and cultural factors.
* describe the origins and implications of the "agency" and "structure" approaches of social change.
* indicate the limitations of both "agency" and "structure" approaches to social change and illustrate how the two can be seen as complementary.
* explain what we mean by a social movement and give examples of different types.
* discuss the features, development and dynamics of social movements and their relation to change with reference to the work of Smelser and Touraine.
* identify the features and dynamics of post-industrialism and discuss what evidence there is of change towards post-industrialism in current British society.
* identify some common features shown by post-Fordist manufacturing and marketing developments, and the cultural ideas and philosophy of post-modernism.
Section 1: Change
Theories of social change
Influences on change
Change in the recent past
Section 2: Action versus Structure
Agency or structure: the essential question
The first image of society
The second image of society
Section 3: Social Movements: an Introduction
Classifying social movements
Theories of social movements
Structural and social action approaches
Section 4: From Industrialism to Post-Industrialism
Directions of change
From industrialism to post-industrialism and beyond
Contributions of Castells and Gorz
Section 5: From Modernity to Post-Modernity
Post-Fordism and post-modernism
Tutor-marked Question Paper
With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.
You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!
Requirements for Entry
There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.
This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 20 hrs.
After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.
* All study materials
* Study Guide
* Full Tutor and Admin support
On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificate
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.