Prerequisite: CHSS1005 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology OR SOCI1005 Invitation to Sociology
Social movements, collective action, and social protests are one of the engines of social change in societies worldwide. This course discusses theories, concepts, research methods, interpretations, and outstanding cases that help gain insight into these phenomena. Through introducing the major schools of thought and debates of social movements, this course will allow students to appreciate the multi-faceted processes of social movement driven social change. The course also aims to sensitizing students to the perspectives, practices, agency, and impacts of social movement participants who are struggling to change society. The course's readings and multimedia materials should provide student with a solid foundation for further theoretical research in the field as well as for practical understanding of contemporary social conflicts in Hong Kong and China.