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David Pettinicchio
SOC 347
Seattle Campus

National Social Movements: Current Trends and Explanations

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.

Class description

This course introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives in social movements. Students will apply various ideas, concepts and propositions from these perspectives to three national social movements: the black civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and the pro-choice movement.

Student learning goals

Understanding sociological theory as it pertains to explaining social movements.

Applying theoretical arguments to social movement examples.

Analyzing the emergence and maintenance of a movement, as well as the organizational structure of a movement.

Comparing and contrasting different social movements.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There are no pre-requisites. Although knowledge of Soc. Theory, or having taken courses like SOC 247 is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Exams, Short paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David Pettinicchio
Date: 02/23/2009