Sociology (SOCI) 288
Introduction to Sociology II—Social Movements (Revision 6)
Sociology 288 is designed to introduce students to the study of social movements, with a practical focus on the tools and techniques useful for successful social-movement organization. Sociology 288 and its companion course Sociology 287 provide a full-year introduction to the study of sociology at the university level.
- Understand the significance of ideas, ideology, and communication to the development, establishment, and success or failure of social movement.
- Understand what it means to “manufacture consent.”
- Understand the detrimental impact of ideologies of competition on the formation of local, national, and global social movements.
- Be able to analyze any social movement in order to determine its source, impact, and the factors leading to its success or failure.
SOCI 288 comprises the following six units.
- Unit 1: A Rock-and-Roll Introduction to Social Movements
- Unit 2: Ideas
- Unit 3: Ideology
- Unit 4: Competition and the Manufacture of Consent
- Unit 5: Global Mirrors and Local Issues
- Unit 6: Final Paper and What You Have Learned Assignment
To receive credit for SOCI 288, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a D (50 percent). You must submit all the course assignments and complete them to the satisfaction of your tutor. Note that there is no final exam in this course, only a final assignment and a self-reflection on which you must receive a pass mark of 50%. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Five Unit Assignments (Units 1–5)||50%|
|Research Paper Proposal||5%|
|Self-Reflection: What You Have Learned||15%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Textbooks and Films
Bainbridge, C. (Dir.). (2017). Rumble: The Indians who rocked the world. Montreal: Rezolution Pictures.
Collier Hillstrom, L. (2019). The #me too movement. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
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.
Quinn, C. D. (Dir.). (2017). Eating animals. Big Star Pictures.
Shiva, V. (2000). Stolen harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. (ebook)
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 6, June 8, 2020.
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