ENVIRON 203 - Activism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
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For information about the waitlist, please contact the professor Michael Heaney (mheaney@umich.edu)
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is about the practice of democracy. It examines the notion that when ordinary citizens work together for a common purpose, they have the potential to bring about intentional changes in their social, political, and environmental reality. Of course, not all citizens get involved in trying to change the world. Sometimes citizens are successful in achieving change and other times they are not. Sometimes change occurs only after decades or centuries of organized struggle. Hence, this class addresses questions, such as

  1. Why do some citizens engage in activism, while others do not?
  2. Which tactics tend to be most effective and under what conditions are they effective?
  3. Why have some movements succeeded, while others have failed?
  4. How can an individual citizen engage effectively in activism?

Learning about activism requires reflection on the struggles of movements past, as well as hands-on engagement with the struggles of today. Activism cannot be understood only by reading books. At the same time, it cannot be understood without reading books. Hence, this class combines a review of writings on activism, while at the same time requiring students to plan and engage directly in activism themselves.

Neither this course, nor its instructional staff, embraces or rejects any ideology, movement, or political project. We will not preach social change from any particular point of view. The working assumption of the course is that the same organizational processes and techniques are useful for a wide range of causes, issues, and ideologies. The goal of the course is to help empower students as citizens so that they might effect change in the world over the course of their lives.

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ENVIRON 203 - Activism
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780199336777
How organizations develop activists : civic associations and leadership in the 21st century, Author: Hahrie Han. 2014
ISBN: 9780199757855
Why David sometimes wins : leadership, organization, and strategy in the California farm worker movement, Author: Marshall Ganz., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2010
ISBN: 9780804752176
Activism, inc. : how the outsourcing of grassroots campaigns is strangling progressive politics in America, Author: Dana R. Fisher., Publisher: Stanford Univ. Press [Online-Au 2006
ISBN: 9781107642720
The logic of connective action : digital media and the personalization of contentious politics, Author: W. Lance Bennett, Alexandra Segerberg., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1. publ. 2013
ISBN: 0300215126
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, Author: Zeynep Tufekci, Publisher: Yale University Press 2017
ISBN: 9781118247921
Finding allies, building alliances : 8 elements that bring--and keep--people together, Author: Michael O. Leavitt, Rich McKeown., Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John First edit 2013
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