Syllabus for Cloud’s Course: Communication and Social Change
CMS 340K—06120—Fall 2000—Professor Dana Cloud
Class meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-11 a.m., CMA 3.116
Professor Cloud may be reached at her office: CMA 7.105
Phone: 471-1947 • Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Mondays, 11-1 p.m. and by appointment
Course Assistant: Ms. Angela Aguayo • CMA 7.154F • 471-7044 email@example.com • Hours: M, F 2-3 p.m.
The main purpose of this class is to encourage your engagement with the tradition and ongoing practice of movement for social change in the United States. I believe this goal requires some history so that we can become familiar with the ways in which social change agents have used communication—from oratory to the internet—to raise awareness of injustice, demand redress, mobilize others in the cause, and prompt other kinds of direct action including civil disobedience and strikes. This historical knowledge is key to understanding the renaissance of social movements going on around us today—from the WTO to the University Staff Association. After the historical survey of social movements, the second part of the course asks you to become involved as an observer and/or as a participant in a local social movement. We will specifically address two prominent causes locally, the movement against the death penalty and the movement of University staff for higher wages and better treatment. We will also discuss some other current social movements including the fight against corporate globalization and the movement against sanctions in Iraq.
The guiding questions for the course are (1) How does social change happen? And (2) How can we use communication to intervene effectively and with integrity in the process of social change?
Course Texts (available at Co-Op): *Books marked with an asterisk are required reading for everyone. The other books are available for student reports on specific movements. They are recommended for everyone’s reading as well.
1) Reading and Participation (25 points): You must keep up with class readings, and come to class prepared with notes and questions for discussion.
2) Team Movement Report (50 points): In groups of three or four, you will be responsible for presenting a timeline and description of the major themes of a major American Social Movement. The report should also provide examples of speeches or other communication from the movement with analysis of themes and strategies in those documents. How did the movement use communication to raise consciousness, mobilize support, overcome obstacles and resistance, and prompt action for change? Were the strategies and messages effective? Why or why not? Report should include a handout for students to facilitate study for the exam. Students should meet with Dr. Cloud to discuss and locate core readings for each movement.
3) Exam (50 points): Essay and short answer questions covering lecture, readings and discussion on the historical portion of the class.
4) Current Social Movement Journal and Report (75 points): Based on your observation and/or participation in a local social movement. Divided into four sections (use a binder or portfolio): a) weekly log of activity and observations (what do local activists do and say? with what effects? what do you think of their strategies and messages?); b) interview with an activist about history of the movement, plans for the future, thinking about strategies and messages, what has gone well, what has not gone so well, etc.; c) research summary (with bibliography) of how local movement fits into a larger picture (what issues and arguments does the movement address, what national or regional or international movements does the local activity take part in, what varieties of response, criticism, growing popularity is the movement experiencing, what historical analogues or parallels does this movement have?); d) two public documents produced by you as if or actually as a participant in the movement (may include a speech, newspaper op-ed or letter to the editor, web site (or plan for a web site), brief radio program, flyer or poster, etc. Include a brief rationale for how your strategies and messages are tailored to a particular situation, purpose, and audience. Total Points: 200
Week/Date Unit/Topic Readings/Other Due TodayReadings *=In course packet
Unit I: What is Social Change and What Does Communication Have To Do With It?W 8/30 Course introduction noneF 9/1 Defining social movements Bowers et al 1-3 Decide report/movement topics
Week 2M 9/4 No class—Labor Day USA sick out, media coverageW 9/6 CHANGED CLASS LOCATION TBA Bowers et al. 4-8F 9/8 CHANGED CLASS LOCATION TBA discuss USA activity
Unit II: History of U.S. Social MovementsM 9/11 Social Movement History through Reconstruction Zinn 1-205W 9/13 Student report on anti-slavery movement Casey Fry__________________________________________ Parveen Baldeosingh _________________________________________________F 9/15 Continued *Douglass, *Garrison, *Grimke
Week 4 M 9/18 History of Labor Movement Zinn, 11, 12, 13W 9/20 Student Reports _Matt Anderson______________________________________ Andrea Gohn_________________________________ _________________________________________________F 9/22 Wrap labor movement * Brecher, *Sweeney *Dollinger
Week 5M 9/25 Early Women’s Movement W 9/27 Student Reports *Declaration, *Stanton, *Truth Kacey Wayne__________________________________ Lisa Minjarez Diana Sanchez________________________________F 9/29 Wrap early women’s movement
Week 6M 10/2 Second Wave Women’s Movement *Friedan, NOW, Miss America W 10/4 Student Reports *Dworkin, *Title IX material *H. Clinton, *Davis Janis Gorton___________________________________ Erika Garza Sherry Rollo___________________________________ F 10/6 catch up
Week 7M 10/9 The Anti-Death Penalty Movement Today ,*Mumia, *RuderW 10/11 Media and Movements I: The Death Penalty *Chicago Tribune Articleswww.nodeathpenalty.org, www.essential.net/dpic F 10/13 Socialism in America—Lecture Zinn 13 review, *Debs
Week 8M 10/16 Civil Rights Movement; discuss march *MLK, *Malcolm X, *DuBois, W 10/18 Student Report on Civil Rights Zinn 17Claire Hamker_________________________________ Tate Santee______________________________ Riley Malone______________________________________ F 10/20 Wrap Civil Rights Movement
Week 9M 10/23 View Eyes on the Prize excerptsW 10/25 The 1960s Zinn18-19F 10/27 Student Report on 1960s Student Movement *Port Huron, *Savio, *Geier Hannah Heinz_________________________________ Ladye Keck____________________________________ Ryan McManus_______________________________________
Week 10M 10/30 Student movement, cont. Visit LBJ museumW 11/1 Student Report on anti-war movement * Potter, *Duncan Craig Burk____________________________________ Caroline Wharton______________________________________ _________________________________________________F 11/3 Student Report on Chicano Movement *Rosales, *Chavez Scott Prath__________________________________ Mark Stroube_______________________________________ Mario Villafranca_____________________________________
Week 11M 11/6 Student Report Gay/Lesbian Movement *CNN, *Jones, *Vaidwww.stopdrlaura.com Carla Harleaux Erin Mosow______________________________________ _________________________________________________ W 11/8 Student Report Environmental Movement *Carson *Greens, *Cousteau, *WeintraubSpencer Tenney__________________________________ Tara Taylor____________________________________ Jason Lee____________________________________________ F 11/10 Exam covering history and theory of social movements
Unit III: Intervening in Contemporary Social MovementsM 11/13 Introduction: Issues in Current Social Movements Zinn 21-23, Afterw0rdW 11/15 WTO, IMF, World Bank Protests *WTO Documents Possible special performance see www.seattle99.orgF 11/17 Media in Movements II *Gitlin See www.indymedia.org
Week 13M 11/20 Your Movements—Progress ReportsW 11/22 NO CLASSF 11/24 NO CLASS
Week 14M 11/27 Other current social movements: Iraq sanctions *Arnovewww.voicesinthewilderness.orgW 11/29 Anti-racist movements today *JacksonF 12/1 Progress Reports see www.rainbowpush.orgWeek 15M 12/4 Open discussion: Do we need social change? How does it happen? What is role of communication in making social change?W 12/6 Course Instructor SurveyF 12/8 Last class day http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~dcloud/socialchangesyll.htm
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