2019-2020 Catalog

POLS 208 Movements for Social Justice

Examination of the impact that social protest movements have had on our society -and lessons that can apply to the current period. Case studies of the agrarian revolt (the Populists) the labor movement the women's movement the civil rights movement the peace movement the student movement the environmental movement and the consumer/neighborhood movement. Topics include: What factors lead people to participate in social movements and political protest? Why do certain historical periods seem to feature large-scale protest and upheaval while others do not? How are social and political movements related to mainstream politics such as elections political parties voting and lobbying? What is the role of leaders activists and organizers? What strategies and tactics do movements employ? What does "success" mean for a protest movement? Do protest movements make a difference in achieving more social justice and changing public policy? In addition to classroom discussion attendance at a weekly film series is required.


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity