This course will integrate the history and theories of community organizing in order to provide each student with the foundation to develop a transformational praxis for creating change in their own communities. The class will include a focused analysis of theory, a historical examination of community organizing in the labor movement, the civil rights movement and the disability rights movement, case study reviews, guest speaker presentations and practical organizing skill-building. We will examine social inequality and intersectionality and explore effective strategies in organizing for social change. This course is inter-disciplinary and draws from political economy, sociology, history, social work, and social movement theory. Students will have the option of doing a final project in collaboration with a Philadelphia-based community organization.
Public Policy/Government
Section 601 - SEM