Special Topics in Social Sciences: Leadership and Social Change
Instructor: Anne Morse
Texts: TBA (I am currently revising the reading list)
Format: The class will include lectures, discussions, interactive activities, student book reports, student led workshops, and an extensive reading list.
Objectives: The course objectives are to provide a broad and critical understanding of the nature of the society we live in; an overview of the different ways ordinary people may effect change; theories and perspectives to inform efforts toward social change; and opportunities to examine the relationship of one’s personal life, values, and actions to social change.
Evaluation: Book Report: 25%
Community Awareness Workshop: 30%
Activist Interview: 15%
Course Content: Topics will include examples of social change instigated by ordinary people; the role of privilege, oppression and resistance in shaping society as well as specific forms and combinations of oppression; nonviolence as a means of achieving social change; paradigms of justice; and leadership in the context of social change. The topics addressed in the course will be modified based on the interests that the students bring to the class.