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POL 304 Social Movements in Global Perspective

This course draws on key concepts from social theory to examine select social movements through a global perspective. Using case studies of movements that focus on such central themes as democracy, human rights, and economic justice, the course will explore how movements begin, the development of ideology and world view, and contrasting approaches to organization, tactics, strategy and leadership. On a broader level, students will examine the relationship between tradition and change, and movement and counter-movement, in order to evaluate how social movements have influenced-and continue to influence-the world we live in.


Special information

Overlap: SOC 304 Social Movements in Global Perspective.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze theoretical models and tools to the study of social movements at an upper division college level.
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact of social movements on both the promotion of and resistance to democracy, human rights and economic opportunity at an upper division level.
  • Apply these theories and tools to specific social movements at an upper division level.
  • Produce analytical writing that is informed, well reasoned and literate at a level consistent with upper division university standards.
  • Reflect on one's own values and world view in key contemporary issues raised by social movements.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Social Movements in Global Perspective Cole, Kathleen D Books for POL-304-01 Fall 2024 Course details for POL-304-01 Fall 2024