An exploration of how actors produce social change by examining the history, theory, and practice of social movements. A range of historical social movements are discussed, including the civil rights movement, women’s movements, LGBT movements, environmental movements, and contemporary movements including Idle No More and Black Lives Matter, among others. Students will apply theory and engage in analysis to understand how movements emerge, as well as the strategies and tactics that make them successful. By engaging learners in historical, theoretical, and practice-based learning activities, students will be challenged to imagine pathways for social change and social justice in their own communities.
Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)
Total Weeks: 15
12 university-level credits in any of the following: ANTH, CRIM, EDUC, FNST, HIST, POLI, PSYC, SOCI, SSWD, or WGST
- Sociological study of social movements
- Theoretical approaches
- Political movements
- Activism, social networks, and the media
- Political consumerism
- Globalization and global movements
- Strategies and tactics
Integrated through each unit are case studies of key movements including the civil rights movement, women’s movements, LGBT movements, environmental movements, and contemporary movements including Idle No More and Black Lives Matter, among others. Contemporary social movements and issues may also be integrated.
During this course, students will examine and critically analyze:
- The social and political contributions of social movements
- The social, economic and political circumstances that create conditions for the emergence of social movements
- Theoretical perspectives on social movements and social change
- Interactions between social movement actors and social institutions including government and corporations, among others
- Global movements, and social movements in non-Western societies
- Strategies and tactics for social change
Grading System: Letters
Passing Grade: D (50%)
Percentage of Individual Work: 90
Percentage of Group Work: 10
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.