Social Movements and Media Advocacy

Credits: 2.0
The study of social movements focuses on those times when individuals collaborate to advocate for change. Scholarly understanding of movements has grown and evolved since the 1960s, prior to which the act of protest and demonstration was thought to be the product of psychosis or mass hysteria. This class will provide an overview of the classical phase of movement theory (1970s-1990s) and provide an overview of the many new paths that are being pursued by a range of scholars. This scholarship has originated in the United States and Western Europe, though students are encouraged to dig into their own national scholarship for cases or theories unique to that context. The goal of this class is to provide you with an overview of movements for and against the status quo, as well as an understanding of how these movements relate to the institutions and sites of power and social change. While traditional social movement classes end with a cursory inquiry into movement impacts, we will spend more time asking what kinds of impacts movements have, and how we would recognize those movements when we see them.