HIST 257
Social Justice Traditions from the 1960s to Occupy Wall Street Fall 2012
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 257 / LEAD 257 / AMST 257
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In 2011 Time magazine declared “the protestor” the person-of-the-year in acknowledgement of the massive social movements that swept the globe over the previous twelve months. This course is designed to clarify where movements like Occupy Wall Street came from and to evaluate how they might shape American life and politics in the near future. Taking a historical approach, we will begin by studying the civil rights, anti-war, counter-culture, and feminist initiatives of the 1960s. We will then explore how progressive and radical activists adjusted their theories and strategies as the country became more conservative in the 1970s and 1980s. Making use of movement documents, documentary films, and a variety of other sources, we will study the development of LGBTQ, ecological, and economic justice initiatives up to the present day. Throughout, we will seek to understand how movements in the United States are shaped by global events, and how the very idea of “social justice” has been reconfigured in their wake.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will give an in-class presentation on a supplementary text and will write a research paper at the end of the term
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 257 Division II LEAD 257 Division II AMST 257 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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