Summer 2022  |  SOC 3322W Section 001: Social Movements, Protests, and Change (87447)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
06/06/2022 - 07/29/2022
Tue 05:30PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (29 of 35 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:
This online class will meet weekly synchronously online at the scheduled day and time. The other weekly lecture will be shared asynchronously each week. Click this link for more detailed information:
Class Description:

We all know that the modern social world is filled with groups and movements (e.g., Black Lives Matter, Medicare for All, organized labor, #MeToo, and The Sunrise Movement) demanding changes to the unequal power arrangements of contemporary society. What is less understood, however, is how such movements operate - how they motivate engagement, create social pressure on institutions, encourage certain patterns of emotions, and even get people to integrate a social movement into a fundamental aspect of their identities. This class will offer you tools with which to recognize and analyze the how of modern social movements, granting you the tools to become better organizers, citizens, and, more generally, a more empathetic and critical analyst of those who sacrifice their time, energy, and sometimes their health and freedom to hopefully create a better society for all of us.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Any and all students able to register for the class with an interest in how groups collaborate and challenge social power are welcome in the class.
Learning Objectives:
Students will work on the following skills:

1.) Learn how to read and analyze academic texts

2.) Learn how to collaborate and learn in non-lecture educational settings

3.) Learn how to take ownership of scholarly ideas and apply them to personal contexts of interest

4.) Learn how to develop and refine an original topic of the student's choosing in an academic paper.

Students grades will be based on a mixture of online open note quizzes, participation and attendance in synchronous sessions, and a series of assignments concerning the planning, drafting, and submission of a final term paper.
Exam Format:
There will be 2-3 quizzes in the course, each taken online and with access to notes. The final exam will be a term paper.
Class Format:
The class will be semi-synchronous with class meetings held virtually for discussion/quizzes once per week and all instructional materials (instructional notes and recorded lectures) available virtually to review outside of class time and posted once per week.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 February 2022

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