“Social Movements and Political Protests” explores the nature of people power and processes of efforts to bring about social and political change. It examines successes and failures primarily from a sociological perspective looking at what mobilizes people to act, the strategies and tactics of movements, and the conditions that promote or inhibit social change. We will examine the major sociological theories and look at a wide range of movement types and themes, with an emphasis on nonviolent civil resistance. For the core assignment of the course, you will act as a "consultant" for a social movement of your choice and write a strategic plan that applies what you have learned from the course to how to advise that movement to be more effective.
Explores processes for organizing resistance to current social and power arrangements, from terrorism to nonviolent civil resistance to create alternative institutions, policies, or leadership that promote human rights and social justice. Uses historical and contemporary case studies of local and global change to explore, how, why, and to what effect individuals have organized to protest the status quo and create social change. Limited to three attempts.
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