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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.

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Continuity and Change (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate

Continuity and Change (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

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.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Introduction


Objectives

 

Section 1: Change


Defining 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


Summary propositions

 

Section 3: Social Movements: an Introduction


Definition


Classifying social movements


Theories of social movements


Structural and social action approaches


Some conclusions

 

Section 4: From Industrialism to Post-Industrialism


Directions of change


From industrialism to post-industrialism and beyond


Contributions of Castells and Gorz


Post-industrialism: conclusions

 

Section 5: From Modernity to Post-Modernity


Modernism


Post-modernism


Post-Fordism and post-modernism

 

Summary

 

Tutor-marked Question Paper

Basic premises

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support

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.

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Continuity and Change (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate

Continuity and Change (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

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.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Introduction


Objectives

 

Section 1: Change


Defining 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


Summary propositions

 

Section 3: Social Movements: an Introduction


Definition


Classifying social movements


Theories of social movements


Structural and social action approaches


Some conclusions

 

Section 4: From Industrialism to Post-Industrialism


Directions of change


From industrialism to post-industrialism and beyond


Contributions of Castells and Gorz


Post-industrialism: conclusions

 

Section 5: From Modernity to Post-Modernity


Modernism


Post-modernism


Post-Fordism and post-modernism

 

Summary

 

Tutor-marked Question Paper

Basic premises

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
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