How does one transform the world? One important way is through social movements. This course examines how people come together to engage in collective forms of action with the aim of transforming laws, protesting injustice, and occasionally resisting progressive change. It examines the major theoretical perspectives used by sociology to analyze the strategic moves, successful actions (and occasional defeats) of various social movements, including Indigenous Land Defenders, the Movement for Black Lives, and the 2021-23 Iranian protests.

Course Notes

SOC 260 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).

Effective Term
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