Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CPO6077
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Approved by SCNS
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
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 4760 2013-06-04 Department College Budget Account Number Government and International Affairs AS f Contact Person Phone Peter Nikolaus Funke 8139746859 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title CPO 6077 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? N If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Social Movements Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
Introduces students to the main theoretical perspectives of social movement scholarship and investigates core social movements in the US and beyond.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Offered as enrichment course (not part of program/concentration/certificate)
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?
This is a course that address core socio-political questions and scholarship. It is an integral part of the study of politics.
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.)
Instructor must have a PhD and knowledge on social movement scholarship to teach this graduate course.
- Other Course Information
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.
B. 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
- 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.
C. Major Topics
Social Movement Theories (applicable to domestic and transnational/global realm)
Case studies of various movements in the U.S. and beyond, including:
Civil Rights Movement
Global Justice Movement
Occupy Wall Street
Varies as they are being updated each semester
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
Books and articles, which are being updated each semester
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Leading class discussion
Shorter writing assignments
Final research paper
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
H. 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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
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.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
With good cause.
J. Program This Course Supports
- Course Concurrence Information
Programs in the social sciences and humanities