Students investigate and analyze a range of social justice movements, campaigns, and policy controversies (ranging from the nineteenth-century abolition movement to late twentieth/early twenty-first century campaigns for economic and environmental justice.) Students examine various messages (speeches, essays, etc.) and analyze arguments and other persuasive strategies (e.g. narrative,) language, style, and structure. The seminar enhances students' understanding of the range of strategic options and resources available to public advocates, nurtures students' abilities to analyze and evaluate public discourse on various social justice topics, and provides students with opportunities to advocate for and against specific programs and policies.