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Fall 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1467 section 001
ACTIVISM & SOCIAL CHANGE

Call Number 06183
Day & Time
Location
MW 11:40am-12:55pm
404 Barnard Hall
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Daniel Kato
Type SEMINAR
Course Description Frederick Douglass famously stated, ‘if there is no struggle, there is no progress.’ This quote captures the essence of activism, which is the struggle between that which is and that which ought to be.  This course will trace the many ways in which activism has been defined over time, situating them within different historical social movements.  We will also explore contemporary debates about the re-conceptualization of activism in the age of social media and the internet.  Readings include texts from such canonical authors as Plato, Mary Wollstonecraft and Martin Luther King, as well as more contemporary works by Clay Shirky, Malcolm Gladwell and Alissa Quart.   Questions that this class will examine include: what are the different ways in which activism has been defined, practiced and justified?  To what degree do new forms of activism expand on or refute more traditional forms of activism? How do social movements define, shape and challenge activists?  What are some inherent problems within activist groups, and what are some of the challenges facing activists today?
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Department First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard
Enrollment 16 students as of 11:51PM Thursday, October 30, 2014
Subject First-Year Seminar
Number BC1467
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20143FYSB1467X001

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