When groups organize others to promote social change, what alternative strategies do they employ and how effective are they in varying circumstances?
Can any general principles or methods for social change be gleaned from the successes and difficulties encountered in various social movements around the world?
We will use Bill Moyer’s Doing Democracy and a series of other theoretical readings to look at general models and strategies. And we will use a series of case studies including, for instance, the Zapatistas, Moveon.org, the liberation of Eastern Europe, the US Civil Rights Movement, the anti-globalizaton movement, the Breast Cancer Social Movement and the Gay and Lesbian movement.
Students will write a series of short analyses of cases considered in class and do extended case studies on their own. Evaluation will be based on the quality of class participation, research, and writing.
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