Gillian H. Murphy
Introduction to theory and research on a specific form of social movement: national-level collective mobilizations organized for political change. Emphasizes how political, organizational, and cultural factors shape social movement emergence and development. Focuses on American activism, New Left, women's movements, the abortion conflict, gay/lesbian activism, and Central American Peace movement.
Introduction to theory and research on national-level mobilizations organized for political change, with a focus on understanding contemporary efforts in the context of their historical development. We will explore ways organizational and cultural factors shape social movement emergence and development, while simultaneously acknowledging the agency of movement actors. We will focus on case studies of the American civil rights movement and the gay identity movement. Students will leave this course with an appreciation of both the obstacles social movements face and, perhaps more importantly, how they can be overcome by “thoughtful, committed citizens.”
Student learning goals
Evaluate and discuss conditions necessary for movement emergence
Evaluate and discuss how organizational factors influence movement development
Evaluate and discuss how cultural factors influence movement development
Evaluate and discuss the concept of collective identity
Evaluate and discuss movement tactics and strategies
Apply concepts and theory to understanding contemporary civil rights and sexual-identity social movement mobilizations
General method of instruction
Class time will be evenly divided between lecture and participatory exercises
Students should be prepared to complete course readings and small assignments in a timely manner. There is no time in summer quarter to pick up slack.
Class assignments and grading
Daily and weekly assignments will help students focus attention on and deepen understanding of the most important concepts.
The course is designed to reward consistent participation and effort.