POL 601 Social Movements that Change the World

In December 1999, what has come to be known as the “anti-globalization movement” burst onto the world stage through its shut-down of the Seattle meetings of the World Trade Organization. This course will examine this movement, its historical roots, its manifestations North and South, and the ways in which it is continuous and discontinuous with the “new social movements” of the late 20th century. Students will be introduced to the major approaches and debates in the academic study of social movements. Emphasis will be placed on understanding social movements historically and in context, especially in view of developments in political economy, expansions/contractions in popular democracy, and the impact of information technologies. UL Lect: 3 hrs. Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1




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