SOAN 325

Social Movements

This course surveys major theories and research on social movements. Issues of recruitment, organization, tactics, resource mobilization, the role of the mass media, the impact of official agencies, and effects on public policy are examined. Selected movements are analyzed in relation to political institutions, socioeconomic structures, and cultural trends. Among the movements studied: the civil rights movement, women's movement, environmental movement, labor movement, right-wing movements, the pro- and anti-abortion movements, and popular liberation movements in the Third World.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.