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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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SOCI 155 - Social Movements
This course will examine social movements as planned and fairly prolonged mass attempts against the established socio-political systems.  They are organized efforts to promote social change, at least in part, through non-institutionalized forms of political action.  The major goals of the course are: 1) to acquaint students with major concepts, theories, and paradigms on social movements.  Some of the major theories include strain, Marxist, resource mobilization, political process, and “cultural” explanations; 2) to examine significant sociological variables of class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, ideology, and religion within social movements; 3) to analyze the formation process and impact of a number of post-World War II era movements in the U.S., such as the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, Student and the New Left, the Christian Right, and more recently sporadic “anti-globalization” movement; 4) in addition, some cases in the developing world will be examined to familiarize students with various sociopolitical contexts (and their impact on movement formation).  In particular, we look at movements of national liberation, Islamic revivalism in some Middle Eastern countries and the emerging pro-democracy movements.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sociology Department

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