Intensive examination of a particular theme, tradition or problem in everyday social/cultural life. Topics may include living the good life; personal and interpersonal ethics; body, gender, society, and symbol; and psychology of gender.
In this course we will explore the socio-political, cultural and religious forces and beliefs that motivate repression and instigate resistance. We will begin with an examination of key elements of human behavior, such as identity formation, membership to a group, and conformity and obedience. We quickly turn our attention to historical and contemporary resistance movements around the world, including women's activism around the globe, political resistance in Africa and Latin America, the Gay and Lesbian movement (including recent advocating for the right to marry), the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., contemporary ecological movements and the WTO riots in Seattle.
Through course materials and individual student research projects, we will seek to identify patterns that may underlie resistance movements, past and present. An additional goal of the course is to foster the development of perspective taking and critical viewing.
Student learning goals
Students will be exposed to wide variety of texts written by, for and about resistance movement leaders and participants from around the globe.
Students will facilitate a class discussion on their chosen topic (a resistance movement), including soliciting responses to the reading and student insight.
Students are required to conduct scholarly research on a topic of their choice (a resistance movement), including a movement's history, trajectory, participants, and goals.
Students will collaborate on a research project in preparation for a group presentation.
Students will understand the interdisciplinary nature of resistance movement studies.
Students will have a better grasp of scholars critical thought around a multitude of topics relating to resistance movements.
General method of instruction
Lectures, student discussion, film and individual research projects
Class assignments and grading
Informal writing assignments, including response papers to reading assignments and in-class writing in small group discussion. Formal writing assignments, including a large research paper (10 pages) on a resistance movement of the student's choice. In-class presentations and a final exam.
Participation, informal and formal writing assignments, a presentation and a final exam