Thompson Hall 2021
Section Information for Spring 2017
This course will introduce students to theories and histories of grassroots social movements in the United States and around the globe. What causes people to organize against social, economic, and racial inequality? How do movements identify and pursue their goals? What roles to protest, strikes, art and media, and civil disobedience play? Why do some movements succeed and others fail? We will pursue these and other questions by looking at both historical and contemporary examples of social movements that target a wide range of issues, including LGBT and women’s rights, police and prisons, political repression, working conditions, the environment, and more.
Topics of current interest in interdisciplinary cultural studies, covering such fields as media, popular culture, political economy, social identities, or regions in globalization.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits when topic is different.