This course explores the theory, history, and practice of social justice advocacy, with a primary focus on the United States. We will explore distinct, yet overlapping, forms of advocacy by engaging their theoretical underpinnings and making use of case studies related to civil and labor rights. Forms of advocacy to be covered include lobbying, protest, civil disobedience, labor organization, and community organization.

This course explores the nature, theory, and history of social movements with a particular emphasis on their contribution to democratic governance. We will first explore scholarly attempts to define social movements and theorize their role in political and cultural change. From this basis, we will conduct a historical survey of significant social movements (broadly defined) in the modern era of Western civilization. These may include: the Protestant Reformation, the English Civil War and British Revolution, the French and American Revolutions, the Abolitionist movement, European Communism, the Indian Independence Movement, Latin American Socialism in the mid-20th century, and US social movements in the late 20th and early 21st century. We will conclude with a reengagement of social movement theory.