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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PS 339 Organizing, Advocacy and Activism

From movements around climate change, gay rights, and immigration, to #BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, the Serbian revolution, and the Arab Spring, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. This course will ask why these movements seek political change by organizing disenfranchised groups of people, or by engaging in the non-violent activism of mass protest, rather than more traditional avenues of political advocacy. The seminar will use readings and class discussion to survey essential elements amongst many social movements; enable students to produce a video interview to tell the story of a movement; and teach students to draft their own comprehensive campaign plan.  No prior knowledge or experience is expected of students who take this course.