Political Science 211 Spring Semester, 2015

Political Science 211: The Politics of Protest and Community Mobilizing/Organizing

Political Science 211

Trayvon Martin, Ferguson, Racial Profiling, Police Brutality and Misconduct, Mass Incarceration, Drug Policy Reform, Voter Suppression, Living Wages, Voter Empowerment An Exciting, Informative and Relevant Course Dealing with Contemporary Issues Taught by Veteran Political Activist and Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Ron Daniels

Three Credit Hours – Mondays, 6:00 – 8:50 PM

(Prerequisite: Three Credits in Political Science or Permission of the Instructor)


This course will serve as a living laboratory on current movements for social justice, reform and transformation viewed primarily through the prism of the historic struggle of African Americans for civil rights/human rights and political empowerment. However, students will be encouraged to survey other important movements, e.g., labor, environmental justice, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and the struggle for social justice unfolding in Latino, Asian American, Native American and Arab-American communities.

It will examine the key principles, methodologies, strategies and tactics of protest, community organizing and community organization. In addition, the course will offer basic "how to" techniques like setting agendas for and managing meetings, devising press/media strategies and various aspects of fundraising/fund development for social justice movements.

The course will also examine various leadership styles and their effects on galvanizing or managing movements, organizations, agencies and institutions. Finally, the concept of "servant leadership" will be discussed as a model for building and sustaining contemporary movements and racial justice/social justice organizations, agencies and institutions.