Doing Democracy: Social Movements, Grassroots Politics, and Community Organizing

Description: (Formerly numbered Labor and Workplace Studies 179B.) Lecture, three hours. Focus on community organizing and social movements as mechanisms that have been adopted by marginalized or excluded sectors and groups of society to promote their interests and express their needs. Identification of fundamental characteristics of effective and responsive democratic regime. Summarization of critiques that describe means by which those elements are being undermined in current period. Focus on those efforts to promote social justice as basis for inclusive and responsive form of popular sovereignty through politics of social movements and community organizing. Study of various forms of social movements and different models of and approaches to community organizing and their relationship to democratic governance. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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