This unit surveys the long history of social movements and protest in the United States. Beginning with 19th Century movements against slavery, the course charts the way everyday Americans came together to make demands on the state, the economy, and American culture.
From abolitionism, students move on to close study of the history of American feminism, Civil Rights, agrarian revolt, the labour movement, antiwar politics, gay liberation, Chicano rights, and grassroots conservatism with an eye toward commonalities and divergences in protest strategy and a close attention to the historical contexts in which various movements arose and their long-term effects on American society.
The unit will utilise the insights of the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, anthropology, communication studies, and philosophy in order to build on inter- and multi-disciplinary studies of social movement in the United States — one of the main subjects of deep fascination that has engaged the multitude of the humanistic social sciences and encouraged debate between them as well as interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation.
By the end of this unit students will be able to:
Taught in Semester 2, 2020
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
30% 4 tutorial responses (250 words each)
15% Research proposal (500 words)
15% Tutorial participation
40% Research essay (3000 words)
12 credit points of 2000-level American Studies or History units of study
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