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SOAN0255

Social Change

Social Change: Theory and Practice
In this course we will take a behind-the-scenes look at how people organize grassroots social movements by exploring the art, theory, and science of making social change. By examining case studies of different movements, we will consider varied perspectives on power and powerlessness, political organization, collective action, and reform versus revolution. As a crash course in organizing for change, we will practice the hands-on tactics and strategies that social movement organizers employ to foment social transformation from the bottom up: creating a campaign strategy, mobilizing workers and communities, analyzing power structures, and developing leadership. Through partnerships with local organizations, we will have the chance to learn about and participate in ongoing campaigns. Students will craft political manifestos, draft strategy reports, and respond to readings and films. (Not open to students who have taken SOAN 1023) 3 hrs. lect.
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2014

SOAN0255A-F14 Lecture (McCallum)