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Fall 2017-2018
* SOC 334 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Sociology of Social Movements in the United States


This discussion-based seminar introduces students to the basic concepts sociologists use to study social movements. Readings focus on social movements that have shaped US society and politics in the 20th and 21st century. We examine several cases of social movements that are relevant to today's America, with the goal of using the concepts we have gleaned from earlier readings to understand some of the clashing forces that are driving social change right now.

Sample reading list:
Doug McAdam, Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency
Deborah Gould, Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS.
Rachel Schurman and William A. Munro, Fighting for the Future of Food:
Ziad Munson, The Making of Pro-Life Activists:
Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism
Michael Gould-Wartofsky, The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings average 100-200 pages per week. Most reading engages directly with original research, including historical work, ethnographic research, interview bases studies, and quantitative studies. Assignments include two oral presentations; five short reading response essays; a final paper proposal (5%); and a final research paper, applying concepts from the course to examine a contemporary social movement. Students may also propose alternative topics for the final research paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 3
Juniors Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22754 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled