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Activism and Theories of Change
CSPL 235
Spring 2018
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 236

In this course we will explore strategies and theories of change that shape social justice movements, with particular reference to recent movements in the United States. We will discuss the benefits and risks of the many available strategies including direct action, grassroots mobilization, impact litigation, legislative campaigns, electoral campaigns and public education. When do they strengthen one another, and when do they collide? What ethical or moral questions are raised by various types of protest and communications? The instructor will draw on her own experiences as an activist for women's rights, queer rights, and economic justice. We will also consider the strategies of other recent movements such as Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and collective action in response to the current political environment. This course will be relevant to students interested in public policy, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, and other social sciences, and will provide useful insight for future organizers and activists, lawyers, and public policy makers.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CSPL
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(CIVI-MN)(FGSS)(HRAD-MN)(IDEA-MN)(IDEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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