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課程描述

"團結則戰無不勝。"這是在公開遊行示威中常聽到的一句口號,但是究竟是什麼促使人們聚集示威?同時,他們的努力有可能成功嗎?"人民的力量"是否存在,會影響我們如何解釋政治、經濟和社會變化嗎?

這門課程旨在讓學生對集體行為,也就是所謂的社會運動,其形式有大致上的瞭解,將藉由詳細分析美國20世紀中的幾次社會運動來引導同學認識社運。將閱讀有關美國民權運動、失業工人運動、社會福利權利運動、墮胎/反墮胎運動,以及同性戀權利運動,也將比較、對照這些美國社會運動與其他國家社會運動之間的異同。最後,還將探尋這些社會運動成功和失敗的原因。

課程要求

課堂參與是這門課程的基本要求。如果要想在課堂討論中發表有價值的見解,學生就必須閱讀指定課文。將會有一份3-5頁的散文寫作、一次課堂期中考試和一份期末研究論文,研究論文(8-10頁)的主題可以是上課沒討論過的社會運動,也可以從課堂上討論的角度出發。學生將在最後一堂的第9堂課上報告自己的論文,強烈建議學生個別與老師討論論文主題。學期分數將按如下比例計算:

評分


項目 百分比
課堂參與 20%
期中考試 20%
課後散文寫作 25%
期末研究論文 35%

課程描述

"The people united will never be defeated," is a chant frequently heard at many a public rally. Yet, what motivates people to act collectively? And, are their efforts likely to be successful? Is there such a thing as "people power" that matters to how we explain political, economic, and social change?

This course seeks to provide students with a general understanding of the form of collective action known as the social movement. Our task will be guided by the close examination of several twentieth century social movements in the United States. We will read about the U.S. civil rights, the unemployed workers', welfare rights, pro-choice / pro-life and gay rights movements. We will compare and contrast certain of these movements with their counterparts in other countries. For all, we will identify the reasons for their successes and failures.

Course Requirements

Classroom participation is a basic requirement of this course. Contributing usefully to classroom discussions requires that students read the assigned texts. There will be one take-home essay (3-5 pages), one in-class mid-term exam and one final research paper. The research paper (8-10 pages) may be on a social movement not covered by the course materials or on some aspect of the course's concerns. Students will present their papers during the final class meetings on session 9. It is strongly advised that students meet individually with the instructor to discuss their paper topics.The final grade will be calculated as follows:

Grading


ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Classroom Participation 20%
Midterm In-class Exam 20%
Take-home Essay 25%
Final Research Paper 35%