SOCI-155 Social Movements
Spring for 2017-2018
Professor Mashayekhi
This course will examine social movements as planned and fairly prolonged mass attempts against the established socio-political systems. They are organized efforts to promote social change, at least in part, through non-institutionalized forms of political action. The major goals of the course are: 1) to acquaint students with major concepts, theories, and paradigms on social movements. Some of the major theories include strain, Marxist, resource mobilization, political process, and “cultural” explanations; 2) to examine significant sociological variables of class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, ideology, and religion within social movements; 3) to analyze the formation process and impact of a number of post-World War II era movements in the U.S., such as the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, Student and the New Left, the Christian Right, and more recently sporadic “anti-globalization” movement; 4) in addition, some cases in the developing world will be examined to familiarize students with various sociopolitical contexts (and their impact on movement formation). In particular, we look at movements of national liberation, Islamic revivalism in some Middle Eastern countries and the emerging pro-democracy movements.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


SOCI-155-01 Social Movements
Fall for 2017-2018
TR 5:00 - 6:15 PM

This course is an introduction to the sociological analysis of social movements. 
Social movements have long been an important force behind political, social, and cultural change. From French Revolution to Civil Rights movement of the 60s, or the recent Arab Uprisings, they play an extraordinary role in shaping and reshaping our social institutions and everyday life.  In this course, we will aim to get a scholarly understanding of social movement theory, and learn how to apply this theoretical knowledge using a toolkit to both historical and contemporary social movements and revolutions.  We will ask most important questions regarding social movements: How do we identify social movements? When and why social movements occur? Who joins or supports movements? Who drops out? How are the movements organized? Why do they decline? What changes do they bring and how? We will pay particular attention to Civil Rights Movement, The Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Movements, American Right-Wing Movements, The LGBT Movement, Radical Islamic Movements, and Arab Uprisings, though we will also talk about many other social movements around the world. 
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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