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Social Movements and Community Change - SOCI 360

SOCI 360 - Morrisville State College
Prof. Kurt Reymers

Media Interpretation Assignments:

Media Interpretation Due Dates:

MI#1: DUE NO LATER THAN Thursday Sept 19
Here's a copy of Dr. K's first Media Interpretation

MI#2: DUE NO LATER THAN Thursday Oct 10 17

MI#3: DUE NO LATER THAN Thursday Oct 31 Nov 7

MI#4: DUE NO LATER THAN Thursday Nov 21 26

In reflecting on the readings, it’s not hard to come up with an example of a point made or theoretical understanding developed in the assignments. You will be asked to periodically complete a short reaction to the weekly reading assignments in the form of a “media interpretation.” This means you should find a book, website, TV show or movie, song, news story, poem, piece of art, or some other form of media that you can interpret using the concepts developed in the reading. This reaction should include a summary/outline of the main theme(s) of the reading and the media interpretation written as a brief, but concise (at least 500 words) paper handed in as well as emailed to reymers@morrisville.edu. Students are required to submit four media interpretations in total, which should be spread throughout the course (a schedule will be created in the first week of the course). Students should be prepared to discuss their media interpretations in class.

Here's a brief example of what this assignment might look like (yours should be a bit longer):



Group Project - TBA

Group Project: 30% of course grade

The project component will involve the development of a “social movement” on campus. The project will be developed over several steps and should be related to the theoretical understanding of social movements discovered in your readings and class discussions. The report on your project will take the form of group oral presentations to the class at the end of the semester. More information will be given in class.

Group Project 1: Due Tues Sept 24 (5 points)

Decide as a group on a potential protest movement that could happen on campus. Use these guidelines to . Each individual in the group should write a brief report (at least 250 words) that describes what type of protest movement you came up with. Use the following questions to guide your reflection.

1) What needs to be changed at Morrisville or elsewhere in our society -- both macro issues (climate change, voting rights, health care, etc.) and micro issues (parking on campus, food availability, WiFi service, etc.) are acceptable.

2) How is this problem related to the social structure? (Speak to the "E-P-C" dynamic -- what social institution does the problem relate to? Is the issue primarily an Economic problem, a Political problem, and/or a Cultural problem?)

3) What individuals and groups are most likely affected by this issue? What particular populations are "aggrieved" (upset) by the problem?

4) What do you foresee can be done about the issue?

5) What is the time frame of the problem? Has this been an ongoing issue or is it temporary (on again, off again)?

6) Can you identify the type of movement (alterative, redemptive, reformative, or revolutionary) that might arise to address the issue?

Group Project 2: Due Thurs Oct 24 (10 points)

Decide as a group how you would go about starting a social movement or protest that could go about addressing the issue you have decided upon in part 1 of the project. Think about the following issues as you construct a response.

1) What resources do you have available to address the issue? Think broadly (resources go well beyond money and might include, people, time, materials, knowledge capital, social/network capital, etc.).

2) How would you organize students/staff/faculty that might be interested in supporting your protest movement?

3) How would you deal with resistance (within the student body, on the part of the college as an institution, or more broadly outside of the institution) to the idea of sustained protest over your issue?

Group Project 3: Due Thurs Nov 14 (10 points)

Group Project 4: In-Class Presentations (Last Week of Class) (5 Points)