This community-integrative course introduces students to the politics of social movements and activism both within the United States
and abroad. The main focus will be urban-based movements seeking to represent communities who have been politically marginalized
on the basis of class, race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality. Students will investigate the strategies participants in such movements use
to identify pressing social problems, to mobilize support for their cause, and to influence policy making. Comparative analysis of
local/national forms of activism and movements that have emerged overseas is central to the course. All students will engage in
community-based learning by working with local organizations involved in advocacy.