Rhetoric of Social Movements: Democracy in U.S. Movement Rhetoric

ENG-R 340 — Fall 2020 — Themester

Days and Times
Mon/Wed, 11:15–12:30 p.m.
Course Description

Social movements have not always seen changes in the law as the goal of their work. Sometimes social movements abandon efforts to change the law and simply try to transform common beliefs and values. For some movements, however, the law is an important target of action. Strategically breaking the law through civil disobedience is one established tactic. This course will compare the tactics of several movements to see how approaches to the law influences their rhetoric. Case studies may include the U.S. Civil Rights movement, environmentalism, Latin American autonomous movements, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter.

Instructor: Dr. Freya Thimsen