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CS92PROD
Activism and Theories of Change
CSPL 235
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 236, AFAM 235

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. What strategic, 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. In addition, we will discuss the recent and ongoing social activism in the U.S. focusing on police violence, Black Lives Matter, voting rights, and the aftermath of the U.S. elections. We will allow time to discuss events that may occur in real time over the course of the semester. 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 ALLB
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(FGSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

Last Updated on NOV-29-2020
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