Activism and Theories of Change|
FGSS 236, AFAM 235|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
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, artistic protest, 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 gun safety activism, and we will allow time to discuss events that may occur in real time over the course of the semester. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the U.S., we will discuss the American women's suffrage movement with respect to its tactics, conflicts, failures and successes. 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(FGSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selected Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore and on reserve at Olin Library
Cathcart, Kevin M and Gabel-Brett, Leslie J., editors; The New Press, 2016. LOVE UNITES US: WINNING THE FREEDOM TO MARRY IN AMERICA.
Tufekci, Zeynep; Yale University Press, 2017. TWITTER AND TEARGAS: THE POWER AND FRAGILITY OF NETWORKED PROTEST.
Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele, Deckle Edge, 2018. WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A BLACK LIVES MATTER MEMOIR
L.A. Kauffman, Verso, 2017. DIRECT ACTION: PROTEST AND THE REINVENTION OF AMERICA RADICALISM
|Instructor(s): Gabel-Brett,Leslie Times: ...W... 06:00PM-08:40PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 8||JR non-major: 8||SO: 2||FR: 2|
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