Spring 2020  |  SOC 3322W Section 001: Social Movements, Protests, and Change (65707)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 155
Enrollment Status:
Closed (55 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Focusing on the origins, dynamics, and consequences of social movements, this course explores debates about the dilemmas and challenges facing movement organizations, the relationship between social movements and various institutions, and the role of social movements and protest in bringing about change. The course is organized around general theoretical issues concerning why people join movements, why they leave or remain in movements, how movements are organized, the strategies and tactics they use, and their long-term and short-run impact. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click on this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?koksa002+SOC3322W+Spring2020
Class Description:
What is a social movement, and why do they emerge when they do? What does it take to organize people around collective demands? When and why does protest become a meaningful strategy, and how does it lead to social change? Featuring case studies from the United States and beyond, this course explores the contributions of sociology to understand how social transformation is carried out from below. The course is organized around general theoretical issues concerning why people join movements, why they leave or remain in movements, how movements are organized, the strategies and tactics they use, and their long-term and short-run impact. While we will draw on empirical research on social movements around the world, the emphasis will be on applying sociological concepts and theories to help analyze the social movement selected for your research.
Learning Objectives:
This course meets the requirements of the Council of Liberal Education's Civic Life and Ethics theme and we address ethical issues throughout the course. Civic life and ethics theme courses equip you to manage contemporary problems by developing an understanding of how civic and ethical principles have been historically developed, critically assessed by individuals and groups, and negotiated within specific cultural settings.
Attendance and Participation: 20%
Reading Responses: 20%
Paper Draft 1 (3-4 pages): 10%
Paper Draft 2 (10-12 pages): 20%
Final Draft (~25 pages): 30%
Class Format:
Monday lectures will review prior research and introduce you to basic concepts and theories in the study of social movements. They will identify what I regard as central issues/debates for each topic. Lectures will be supplemented by in-class active learning exercises and videos. Wednesday classes will be devoted to a discussion of the required readings and how they connect to your research projects. We will break into smaller working groups to discuss the application of the concepts and theories covered in the readings to the social movement you are analyzing in your research paper.
This is a writing intensive course. Your course grade is directly tied to the quality of your writing as well as your knowledge of substantive course content. All students must write a 25-page research paper based on original research on a social movement. You can choose any movement but you might want to consider a social movement that has a local base and/or branch, since that will enable you to supplement documentary research with interview and observational data. There are many local and campus movement organizations, including some that are engaged in activism around issues ranging from immigrant rights to environmental justice to wealth and income inequality. You will submit a series of two analytical papers in the first half of the course and a final research paper that substantially builds on the material you covered in the first two papers. This paper may provide a basis for your senior project, or a writing sample for graduate school applications. You should also complete required readings (40-50 pages) and show regular attendance and active participation in class.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 November 2019

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