Fall 2013

Collective Action and the Politics of Resistance

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-309


Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)


[ CP ] [ SC - Starting with the class of 2015 ] What is power? How and why do people resist power? This course begins by analyzing theories of power and resistance and then proceeds to examine case studies of social movements and other forms of resistance. We will critically evaluate examples of resistance politics, asking questions such as: How do people bring about social change? Which strategies of resistance are justifiable? Under what conditions are social movements successful? What are the implications of contentious politics for democracy and good governance?

We will study a range of social movements and acts of resistance across time and space, including peasant protest, workers’ rights, anti-globalization protests, women’s movements, democracy movements, ethnic and racial movements, and violent forms of resistance such as terrorism, while acknowledging that these categories are not mutually exclusive. We will analyze how the dynamics of contentious politics differ across various political, economic, and social contexts. We will also examine the interaction between global forces, transnational organizations, and social movements.

Requisite: One course in Political Science or its equivalent. Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Ratigan.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by first-year students and 5-college students

Cost: 35.00 ?


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013