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Contesting Injustice

PLSC 378, SOCY 170, LAST352.

Professor Elisabeth Wood    

Why, when and how do ordinary people organize collectively to challenge political, social and economic injustice? Drawing on films as well as social science theories and relevant case studies, we analyze popular mobilization against injustice in international as well as US settings.

This lecture course is intended for first and second year students (but open to upper classes as well). The course meets the social science distribution requirement and an optional track meets the writing requirement.

We will analyze the conditions that lead ordinary people organize to contest injustice, the various forms of mobilization (including demonstrations, land occupations, strikes, boycotts, and violence) in which they may engage, the moral, political, and strategic dilemmas that activists face, and the conditions for success in altering the norms and institutions that sustain injustice. Films that document the experience of injustice as well as the process of mobilization are an integral part of the course.

As the course proceeds, we will explore various theoretical approaches to understanding mobilization against injustice, including those centered on self-interest, moral outrage, social preferences, social networks, political opportunity, and movement culture.

Class Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:20, WLH 208, plus a section meeting

Section meetings (required; will begin the second week of classes):

Thursday:  4:00 pm Michael Weaver (WR)

Thursday:  7:00 pm Tommaso Bardelli (WR)

Thursday:  7:00 pm Christine Slaughter (non WR)

Thursday:  7:00 pm Christine Slaughter (non WR)

Friday:       10:30 am Jason Stearns (WR)