Resistance, Protests, and Social Movements

  • Course Number: 2296
  • Subject: Communication and Social Influence
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Description:

    This class focuses on the communicative dimensions of social movement activity with a focus on the persuasive strategies employed by participants to achieve change and justice. At the heart of change in society are social protest movements; it is here that ideas are shaped, voiced, and possibly believed, followed, and refuted. This course aims to explore the many facets that surround protest and resistance - both from the participants and their opposition. More specifically, we will define the social movement, explain its development, and look at the specific strategies that movements generally employ. By the end of the course, you should be familiar with several specific social movements and have a better understanding of the communicative construction of social protest. NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed STRC 2296 or STRC 2996.

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