Fall 2016 - SA 321 E100

Social Movements (S) (4)

Class Number: 6961

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Mon, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    DEBORAH Dergousoff
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



A study of the sources, development and effects of social movements in transitional and modernized societies. Specific types of movements will be analysed.


In all societies, present and historical, people have joined together to press for or against social change. When engaging in collective action, groups must make important decisions about the goals, tactics, and organizational strategies of the movement. Often external factors, including the response of the state, availability of external resources, and cultural factors, shape movement dynamics. In this course we apply a critical lens to explore particular movements (Quebec students, Indigenous resistance and resurgence, Occupy, queer movements, etc.), using theory and case studies, to examine the histories and structures that social movements confront in the Canadian context.  Central to this course is designing and participating in a World Social Forum simulation through which you will have a practical opportunity to practice and observe democratic processes, while exploring the implications and possibilities for social change, and new configurations for alternative futures for Canadian society. Creativity and innovation is encouraged in all course work.


  • Midterm 30%
  • Analytical Reflections (3 x 10%) 30%
  • Research Panels - group report 5%; participation 10% 15%
  • Research Panels - individual reflection/synthesis of proceedings 25%


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐ S10.04).  Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.    



William Carroll and Kanchan Sarkar. 2016. A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony. Winnipeg: ARP Books.

Additional readings on reserve.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html