In recent years sociologists have witness enormous changes in the way people relate to the political sphere. The participation of society in political life has gone beyond the dimension of the nation-state and of national and international institutions. Fridays for Future, Black Lives Matter, #Metoo: recent years abound with examples on the emergence of social and political movements. People are coordinating local and global level campaigns
to enhance global justice, with a key role for social media. These movements range from environmental concerns, women rights, to the promotion of peace or the defense of human rights, among many others.
There is a growing body of literature that is trying to get to grips with this transformation of the political sphere that interconnects the local and global level while challenging the borders of the state.
This course revises the emergence of these movements, in particular those concerned with global social justice and assesses the way in which they are transforming social and political life.