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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SYP6306

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2060 2003-05-28
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Sociology AS 0-1263-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    James Cavendish 46455

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SYP 6306 Comparative Social Movements

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Comparative Social Movements
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    GS or department approval


    Course Description

    Provides an overview of the various theoretical perspectives used to explain the emergence, growth, strategies and success of social movements in contemporary America and in other countries.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The department would like to add this course to the catalog because it will be offered regularly, and by having it in the catalog graduate students from our own program, prospective graduate students, and graduate students from other programs will be awar

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    We have no other similar course at the graduate level. Comparative Social Movements is a core sociological topic. This course will enroll graduate students from various disciplines and add to the selection of courses sociology students will be able to study (our selection is currently narrow and we are attempting to remedy that). This course will serve students from Anthropology, Africana Studies, American Studies, Criminology, and Women's Studies

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2 times.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Sociology and research/training expertise in Social Movements.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    (1) Examine the various theoretical perspectives utilized in the social movement literature.

    (2) Compare social movements across the Western world.

    (3) Assess the strength of various theoretical perspectives to predict the outcome of specific social movements.

    (4) Examine the cultural dynamics internal and external to social movement organizations.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    (1) students will grow in their understanding of the forces that influence movements to emerge, grow, and succeed in different settings.

    (2) students will demonstrate an appreciation of the role of social movements in stimulating social change.

    (3) students will increase their understanding of the ways that cultural and ideological factors can stimulate social movement activism.

    (4) Students will demonstrate an awareness of the methods and strategies used bvy social scientists to study social movements in a variety of contexts.

    C. Major Topics

    (1) History of the Development of Social Movement Research

    (2) The Resource Mobilization Paradigm

    (3) The Political Process Approach

    (4) Social Constructionism

    (5) Citizenship Movements: The Civil Rights Movement, the Pro-Choice Movement, and the Women's Rights Movement

    (6) Post-Industrial Movements: The Anti-Nuclear and Disarmament Movement

    (7) Emotional, Moral, and Cognitive Dynamics of Social Movements

    (8) The Centality of Social Movements

    D. Textbooks

    Social Movements: Perspectives and Issues (Buechler and Cylke)

    Politcal Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970 (McAdam)

    The Pro-Choice Movement: Organization and Activism in the Abortion Conflict (Staggenborg)

    Political Preotest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s (Epstein)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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