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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CPO6077
Tracking Number - 4760

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Spring 2013 – 13 Enrolled Spring 2012 – 10 Enrolled
Comments: to GC 4/7/14. Elective for PhD in Gov, MA in Pol Sci. Objectives need revision. Need Concurrence. Emailed 5/9/14. Updated Obj. 9/19/14. Approved. To USF Sys 11/4; to SCNS 11/12. Nmbr POS 6051 apprd as CPO 6077. Eff 2/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-06-04
  2. Department: Government and International Affairs
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: f
  5. Contact Person: Peter Nikolaus Funke
  6. Phone: 8139746859
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CPO
  9. Number: 6077
  10. Full Title: Social Movements
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Social Movements
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduces students to the main theoretical perspectives of social movement scholarship and investigates core social movements in the US and beyond.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Offered as enrichment course (not part of program/concentration/certificate)
  26. 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? This is a course that address core socio-political questions and scholarship. It is an integral part of the study of politics.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Instructor must have a PhD and knowledge on social movement scholarship to teach this graduate course.
  29. Objectives: This course has the following objectives:

    - Understand the seminal literature in social movement research from the 1950s “Relative deprivation theory” to the present.

    - Compare and contrast recent research innovations and theoretical trends including

    o Resource mobilization theory

    o Political opportunity structures

    o Framing perspective

    o Marxist approaches

    o New Social Movement theory

    - Understand current social movements in the United States and other parts of the world.

    - Understand how to conduct case studies on social movements in the United States and other parts of the world.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1) Students will be familiar with the main theoretical approaches to social movement scholarship, including:

    - relative deprivation theory

    - resource mobilization theory

    - political opportunity structures

    - framing

    - political process model

    - Marxist approaches to social movements

    - New Social Movement Theory

    2) Students will be familiar with major social movements and their instantiations on various geographical scales (U.S. and beyond), including:

    - the labor movement

    - civil rights movement

    - environmental movement

    - feminist movement

    - global justice movement

    - Occupy Wall Street

    - Arab Spring

    3) Students will learn comparatively how movement politics and tactics (with changes in the global political economy as well as technology (i.e. information communication technologies) have changed social movement politics.

    4) Students will learn the impacts and challenges movements have faced historically and face today.

  31. Major Topics: Social Movement Theories (applicable to domestic and transnational/global realm)

    Case studies of various movements in the U.S. and beyond, including:

    Labor Movement

    Civil Rights Movement

    Feminist Movement

    Environmental Movement

    Global Justice Movement

    Occupy Wall Street

    Arab Spring

  32. Textbooks: Varies as they are being updated each semester
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Books and articles, which are being updated each semester
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Leading class discussion

    Shorter writing assignments

    Final research paper

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: See above
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: With good cause.
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Programs in the social sciences and humanities

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