Sociology (SOCI) 288

Introduction to Sociology II—Social Movements (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. SOCI 287 is recommended

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 288 is designed to introduce students to the study of social movements. Beginning with a theoretical introduction to social movements in Unit 1, we move on to discuss issues that underlie social movements in Western nations and throughout the world.

The course author states

I have four major objectives in presenting this course:

  1. to provide an overview of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues surrounding the investigation of social movements.
  2. to examine common themes and issues in social movement research, with a focus on ideology and propaganda.
  3. to introduce you to the Internet as tool of democratic change.
  4. to continue the process, initiated in Sociology 287, of teaching you to think like a critical sociologist.

SOCI 288 and its companion course, SOCI 287, provide a full-year introduction to the study of sociology at the university level.


SOCI 288 comprises the following six units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Social Movements
  • Unit 2: The End of Homework
  • Unit 3: The Media and Ideology
  • Unit 4: Competition
  • Unit 5: Global Issues
  • Unit 6: Antiwar Movements, Internet Analysis and Final Paper


To receive credit for SOCI 288, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a D (50 percent). You must also achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Unit quizzes(Units 1-5) 50%
Forum participation 10%
Research essay 20%
Final Examination 20%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Hathaway, W. (2010). Radical peace: People refusing war. Waterville, OR: Trine Day LLC.

Kohn, A. (1992). No contest: The case against competition (rev. ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Kralovec, E. & Buell, J. (2000). The end of homework: How homework disrupts families, overburdens children, and limits learning. Boston: Beacon Press.

Miller, D, & Dinan, W. (2008). A century of spin: How public relations became the cutting edge of corporate power. London: Pluto Press.

Shiva, V. (2000). Stolen harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Staggenborg, S. 3rd. ed., (2015). Social movements. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada.

Other Materials

SOCI 288 presents an online Study Guide and makes extensive use of a Digital Reading Room.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, April 20, 2011.

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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services