Spring 2010 not offered
AMST 246, FGSS 256|
How, when, and why do social movements emerge? What motivates individuals to participate? What transforms problems into grievances and grievances to action? How should movements be organized, and what tactics should they use? What factors explain movement success and failure (and how should success and failure be defined)? What is a social movement, anyway? This course seeks to introduce you to some of the major ways scholars have approached such questions, and, at the same time, to give a sense of both the high drama and the everyday details of social movement activism, using historical and sociological case studies. Course readings concentrate on U.S. movements, including civil rights, feminist, gay rights, and labor movements.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(EDST-MN)(FGSS)(SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
Aldon Morris, ORIGINS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Elizabeth Armstrong, FORGING GAY IDENTITIES
Frances Fox Piven & Richard Cloward, POOR PEOPLE'S MOVEMENTS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short essays (2-3 pages) and a research paper, 12-15 pages long.