Community Organizing

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Community Organizing

Spring 2021

Taught By: Laura Y Liu

Section: A

CRN: 9295

Credits: 4

In the face of larger forces, how do people come to organize themselves and their communities? What brings people to organize themselves? How do participants in social movements organize others? These questions are at the heart of understanding community organizing, understood as the locally based ways that people fight for power and control over aspects of their lives. This course examines community organizing from the lens of methodology, or the way we learn about others and the world. First, we consider the methodologies that community organizers employ in order to organize themselves and their own communities. Second, we examine the set of qualitative approaches that researchers who study social change use for understanding peoples’ sense of the world and their efforts to transform it. Through these two approaches we see the relationship between organizing for social change and the role of research and knowledge production in building community power. How do we understand the study of organizing? What ethical questions frame the methodologies of both organizing and of research? Through a series of case studies, we examine political organizing and social action and their relationship with political-economy and identity. We will use examples of place-based and community-based organizations and organizing to consider the relationship between space, place, scale, and activism. Examples draw from feminist, labor, abolition, anti-colonial, radical Black, internationalist movements, among others. In groups, students will engage extensively in their own methodological research projects with community partners.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:23am 11/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021