AAS 262 - The Modern Civil Rights Movement
Fall 2018, Section 001 - United States, 1941-1975
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from World War II through the 1960’s and towards the present day. What strategies have activists pursued to press for racial equality? How have activists working for racial justice organized their efforts in the past and present? The course incorporates community-based learning techniques to expand students’ understanding of social movement organizing approaches, possibilities and challenges over time. Students will work in small groups to conduct research projects based on oral history interviews with movement activists from the local area and beyond. The course focuses on organizations that have emerged to press for racial equality and the strategies they have pursued to achieve their goals, from litigation and legislation to mass protest, economic self-help and racial separatism. Finally, the course examines debates over the role of race in public policy in the post-civil rights-era. Bringing together course readings on black social movements and lived experiences of racial justice activism today, students will compile a collaborative research project with a community partner.

This class requires some flexibility, as some of the class time will be spent working with small groups on your project. Students will have input in choosing their specific project and activist collaborator, and projects will address a range of issues related to racial inequality.


AAS 262 - The Modern Civil Rights Movement
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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