SOC 264
Transnational Activism: Practice, Problems, Ethics Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed SOC 264 / WGSS 263

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The world’s got problems. These problems don’t respect national boundaries. This class looks at how activists have engaged across borders and with transnational institutions in order to address transnational problems like class inequality, sexism, homophobia, climate change, and more. It asks: what are the different forms that transnational activism takes and how have transnational activists have advanced their goals? Why and how have transnational activists’ efforts have failed? What are the practical and ethical difficulties associated with transnational activism? What does ethical transnational activism look like, and can it also be effective? While focusing especially on the role of transnational activism in combating sex and gender-based inequities, we will also engage with activism that targets the other axes of oppression with which sex and gender-based oppressions are inextricably entwined.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3461
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class attendance/participation; critical profile of transnational activist; essay or project proposal, final essay or project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors and Sociology majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
SOC 264 Division II WGSS 263 Division II
DPE Notes: This course centers activism organized around various axes of difference, enabling students to learn about how various groups are defining and pursuing equity. It requires students to explicitly engage the question of ethical intervention in political movements, stressing attentiveness to the dynamics of privilege and marginalization internal to movements.
Attributes: WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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