Fall 2018
SOCI
360: Social Movements
Course Schedule v.1

Professor Kurt Reymers, Ph.D.
Office Location:
205 Crawford
Office Hours:
M: 11am-12pm
T, W, R: 10am-11am
or by appointment
e-mail: reymers@morrisville.edu
web: http://sociology.morrisville.edu

Note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change; changes to the original schedule will be noted in red.
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Week 1: Aug 28, 30                               Re-Introduction to Sociology
Purchase textbook and review table of contents, preface, and glossary
Watch Social Movements: A Primer (TEDx Talk, Youtube, 19 min)
Read “Social Movements” entry at Wikibooks website:
   https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Sociology/Social_Movements
Read OpenStax textbook Chapter 21, Social Movements and Change

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Week 2: Sept 4, 6                    Introduction to Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook, Chapter 1, Conceptualizing social movements
Read Locher, Chp 1, What is Collective Behavior?

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Week 3: Sept 11, 13 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook Chp 2: From the mad to the sane
Read Locher, Chp 2, Social Contagion Theory 
Watch: US Holocaust Museum, The Path to Nazi Genocide
* Media Interpretation #1 due by Sept 13
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Week 4: Sept 18, 20  From contagion to norms; the input of sociology
Read Locher, Chp 3, The Emergent Norm Perspective
Read Locher, Chp 4, Value-Added Theory
Watch: The Worker's Rights Revolution, It's History (10 min)
Recommended: Gaffney, From Independence to Power: The Workers Movement from 1848 to 1917
* Group Project Report 1 due Sept 20
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Week 5: Sept 25, 27 Review for midterm exam
* Exam 1 - Thurs Sept 27 in class

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Week 6: Oct 2, 4    Resources, Networks and Organization of Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook Chp 3, From the rational to the relational
Read Castells, The Network Society and The Power of Identity, excerpts, Intro and Chp 1
* Media Interpretation #2 due by Oct 4

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Fall Break 1: Oct 8, 9
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Week 7: Oct 11                         Social Psychology of Social Movements
Read Locher, Chp 13, Social Movements

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Week 8: No class Oct 16
Oct 18   
             Networks and Identity in Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook Chp 3, From the rational to the relational, second half on Network Theory
Read Castells, The Network Society and The Power of Identity, excerpts, Intro and Chp 1

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Week 9: Oct 23, 25    Political and Cultural Processes of Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook Chp 4, From political processes to cultural processes
Watch: Greene, Crash Course in US History: Women’s Suffrage
Watch: Dolmat, A Lesson on Framing Theory
* Group Project Report 2 due Oct 25

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Week 10: Oct 30, Nov 1          From Old to New Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook, Chp 5, From old to new social movements
Read/Watch PBS American Experience on 1964: A Year That Changed America
* Media Interpretation #3 due by Nov 1


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Week 11: Nov 6, 8                   Global Social Movements

Read Edwards textbook, Chp 6, From national to global social movements
Read Schaeffer, Social Movements and Global Social Change, Chp 1
Recommended, Castells, The Power of Identity, Chp 2, The Zapatistas

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Week 12: Nov 13, 15              Race, Gender and Social Movements
Read Alicia Garza, A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter movement
Read Sally Raskoff, Cats, Dogs, and #metoo, on the Everyday Sociology blog
Read United Nations document, Gender and Urban Social Movements (Introduction only)
* Group Project Report 3 due Nov. 15

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Week 13.1: Tues. Nov 20     The Environment and Social Movements

Read Castells, The Power of Identity, Chp 3, The Environmental Movement
Watch CBS News interview with director of “Earth Days”
Recommended, Gerlach, The Structure of Social Movements: Environmental Activism

November Break: Nov 21-23

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Week 13: Nov 27, 29           Regressive Social Movements
Read Edwards textbook Chp 7, From the pretty to the ugly
Read Grant/McDonald (2018), “The New/ "Alt" Right, Toxic Masculinity, and Violence”
* Group Project Presentations (in class)
* Media Interpretation #4 due by Nov 29

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Week 14: Dec 4, 6                 Social Movements and Community Change
Read Edwards textbook Chp 9, Conclusion: the shifting terrain of social movements studies
Read Locher textbook Chp 14, Understanding Social Movements
Watch: Khan Academy, Social Movements – review
* Group Project Presentations (in class)

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Week 15
Exam 2 – TBA