SOC 122 Activism & Social Change • 5 Cr.


Can one person make a difference? What does making a difference look like? Using literature, film, music, and news media to look at past and present social movements, examine what makes us engage in acts of political protest, and critically analyze why some resistance efforts are successful and others are not.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the basic sociological theories and approaches to social movements and activism.
  • Explain the general dynamics of social movements including organizational strategies, resource mobilization, and collective identity.
  • Discuss the role of art, literature, music, and/or popular culture in activism.