Special Topics: Community Organizing

Fall 2020
Rebecca A Watts Hull
HTS 3801A

Community organizing and mobilization have long been recognized as key to the impact of social movements on society. In a democratic society, an “organized” citizenry is better able to develop, articulate, and assert its shared interests in order to advance equity, accountability, and effectiveness in social institutions. As such, community organizing is an important element of creating sustainable communities. What is community organizing, and what knowledge, skills, and practices help leaders mobilize and organize large numbers of people around a shared idea, concern, or interest? In this short course we will explore several different models or frameworks that are widely used to guide community organizing practices in the U.S. Students will practice key organizing skills, including storytelling and “strategizing.” We will examine the role of community organizing in contemporary movements, including Climate Action and Black Lives Matter.

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