Course: SOC 476. Social Movements (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. This course is an overview of the core sociological concepts and perspectives in the social movement literature. This course will examine the factors that lead people to participate in social movements and how social movement participation shapes people’s lives. The course will explore theoretical perspectives developed in the study of social movements and apply them to concrete examples of both historical and contemporary movements. Topics will include: the emergence and diffusion of social movements, social movement tactics, the effectiveness of movements in changing both policy and cultural norms, as well as reactions to social movements, such as countermobilization and repression. Available for graduate credit.