Study of primary models and theories of social movements developed in fields of Sociology and Political Science. Readings provide vocabulary and conceptual framework for understanding how people organize, how social movements use media, role of leadership, meaning of success, and several other basic issues. Focus on social movements of last few decades. Students will conduct group projects on a selected contemporary social movement. Contemporary social movements considered include Occupy, 15M movement in Spain, Gezi Park encampment in Turkey, urban protests in Brazil, and Arab Spring uprisings. One course.
Course originates in Literature.