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American Social Movements (5 Weeks)

Course Code: ASM101
Day: Tue Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Semester: Summer Medium of Instruction: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This is an issues-based course focusing on developing a deeper, more critical understanding of social movements in the US. For each theme we will cover the following 1) background issues; 2) movement goals; 3) strategy and tactics/methods used; 4) strengths and weaknesses; 5) obstacles faced; 6) lasting accomplishments; 7) what is yet to be achieved; 8) possible future directions and 9) key leaders and/or organizations. Articles, videos, reports and organization websites will be provided to help students get basic information. Peer-to-peer interaction and having to articulate understanding of the material will allow participants to engage with key themes more deeply. Participants should complete weekly readings, be active in class discussion, take part in group-work and share their own point of view in an open and evidence-based manner.

Learning Objectives

• Gain a better understanding of the complexity of issues in the US today
• Understand civic engagement by studying various social movements and social mobilization techniques
• Develop an understanding of what is being done to address these issues
• Better understand how American society works.

Who should take this course

Anyone interested in US society; understanding current issues better; becoming a more active member of society or learning more about how the past is connected to current issues.


No required textbook


Sarajean Rossitto

Instructor Biography

Sarajean is a Tokyo-based consultant providing program coordination, training program facilitation, and capacity development advisory services for institutions such as JICA, Japan PlatForm, the Give2Asia Foundation, the Center for Global Partnership, Morgan Stanley, Sophia University and others seeking to gain strategic advantage while better meeting community needs and promoting more effective civic engagement. Sarajean's most recent training programs focus on CSR and SDGs, Unconscious Bias and Every day Sexism, Cross Cultural Communications and Basic Conflict Mediation skills development for international organizations and 2020 volunteers. She holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and a Master's in International Affairs with a focus on human rights in East Asia from Colombia University. She has also earned professional certificates in Disaster Management, Humanitarian Response Management and Conflict Mediation.