10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Krug Hall 7
Section Information for Fall 2022
In terms of excitement, nothing else measures up to the energy of a rising social movement. In such times, a sense of possibility pervades society. No wonder social researchers across a wide range of fields reference social movements and sometimes make them objects of study. But what are social movements, really? Where do they come from, what do they do, where do they take us? And what do they have to teach us about our societies in general? This course provides students with a comprehensive curriculum on social movement research and theory, taught by a professor with decades of experience working within, researching, writing about, and publishing on social movements. Our discussions will proceed in three stages. First, we will introduce you to the kinds of questions posed and concepts applied by social movement scholars in their research, examining particular cases as we do so. Next, we turn to three significant traditions in social movement theory - contention, identification, and praxis - and their implications for both academic research design and actual movements. Finally, as this course is intended to develop your capacity to produce research that matters, we will together take up the challenge of organizing in the "Decisive Decade" of the 2020s: Through an in-class simulation, you will help to devise strategies for building powerful movements.