Spring 2016 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(EDST)(FGSS)(SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
Donatella della Porta, Massimiliano Andretta, Lorenzo Mosca, Herbert Reiter, GLOBALIZATION FROM BELOW: TRANSNATIONAL ACTIVISTS AND PROTEST NETWORKS (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
Sharon Kurtz, WORKPLACE JUSTICE: ORGANIZING MULTI-IDENTITY MOVEMENTS (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2002)
Aldon D. Morris, THE ORIGINS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: BLACK COMMUNITIES ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE (New York, The Free Press, 1984)
Stephen Valocchi, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND ACTIVISM IN THE USA (New York, Routledge, 2010)
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The midterm (a one-question, 5-page essay take-home) will be worth 18% of the grade, the final (a two-question take-home) 33%, a research paper 20%, class participation 12%, journal entries 12%, and attendance 5%.
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