RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Fall 2022, Section 003 - Theory and Practice of Visionary Organizing
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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What is the concept of Visionary Organizing? How is it related to Detroit’s rich history of Black radical politics and community building? What role does it play in current grassroots activism, organizations, and community-media in Detroit? These are some of the guiding questions for this course. Taking the lives, activism, and intellectual work of James and Grace Lee Boggs as the starting point, the course will guide students through a multifaceted examination of historical and contemporary expressions of radical activism in Detroit. Beginning with the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s and ending with contemporary movements, groups, and organizers, we will explore how thinkers and activists during the last half century have theorized, organized, and created the conditions to bring new visions of a just city into being. Students will learn about, and perhaps have the opportunity to interact with contemporary expressions of visionary organizing such as Feedom Freedom Growers, Birwood House, Riverwise magazine, and the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.


While open to any U-M undergraduate student, this course is part of the full curriculum for students accepted into the Semester in Detroit Program. Students interested in this class might want to consider applying to spend the entire fall 2022 semester off-campus in Detroit.

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RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (SEM)
 In Person
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (SEM)
 In Person
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
Note: All classes will be taught at the UM Detroit Center

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