Activism and Theories of Change|
In this course we will explore strategies and theories of change that shape social justice movements, with particular reference to recent movements in the United States. We will discuss the benefits and risks of the many available strategies including direct action, grassroots mobilization, impact litigation, legislative campaigns, electoral campaigns and public education. When do they strengthen one another, and when do they collide? What ethical or moral questions are raised by various types of protest and communications? The instructor will draw on her own experiences as an activist for women's rights, queer rights, and economic justice. We will also consider the strategies of other recent movements such as Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and collective action in response to the current political environment. This course will be relevant to students interested in public policy, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, and other social sciences, and will provide useful insight for future organizers and activists, lawyers, and public policy makers.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Cathcart, Kevin M and Gabel-Brett, Leslie J., editors; The New Press, 2016. LOVE UNITES US: WINNING THE FREEDOM TO MARRY IN AMERICA.
Tufekci, Zeynep; Yale University Press, 2017. TWITTER AND TEARGAS: THE POWER AND FRAGILITY OF NETWORKED PROTEST.
|Instructor(s): Gabel-Brett,Leslie Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 8||JR non-major: 8||SO: 2||FR: 2|