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Catalog 2013-2014

Special Topics in Social Science: Community Organizing for Social and Political Action

  • Semester: Summer
  • Course Number: SS381B
  • Instructors: Matthew Derr
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

This course examines methods of organizing people and communities for social, political, and systems change with particular emphasis on environmental and food justice examples. Students will analyze different approaches to mobilizing people and organizations for collective action, challenging oppressive structures and processes, building capacity and collaboration, and generating change at the community level. We will look at case examples from historic and contemporary environmental and food systems movements on the local, state, national, and global levels with a focus on communities that are disenfranchised, oppressed, and under-represented in U.S. society.