People, Power, Politics

This course is an introduction to social science concepts through the study of power and social movements. We will look at the interplay between grassroots social movements, government power and political ideology from the struggles of the “Founding Fathers” to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. We will examine how people work within and outside of political and legal systems to create change. Through the study of court cases, classical political and social theory texts, manifestos, poems and opinion pieces we will examine the role of socioeconomic class, race, gender, sexuality and citizenship status in the construction of social and political inequality, and in the formation of grassroots political struggles.