Social movements have long been considered a driving force behind political, social, and cultural change. From the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s to the Arab Spring and Occupy movements of recent years, social movements have been credited with fundamentally reshaping societal institutions—politics, economies, religions, genders, etc.—and as such, are considered a central source of social change.


We will study the historical origins of what we today call social movements, their continuities and changes up to the present, and the major theoretical frameworks that have emerged to explain them. Along the way you will have several opportunities to study and even participate in the social movements that interest you most.