Fall 2024

The Politics of Protest

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-330


Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)


Can popular protests affect social change? This course examines protest and other forms of popular resistance by asking questions such as: How do people bring about social change from the grassroots? Under what conditions are social movements successful? What are the implications of popular movements for democracy, good governance, and citizenship? We will study a range of popular movements and acts of resistance, including peasant protest, workers’ rights, anti-globalization protests, women’s movements, and democracy movements. We will also explore various approaches to research on contentious politics, such as interviews, participant-observation, and surveys. Students will conduct independent research throughout the semester, culminating in a final paper.

Requisite: One course in POSC or its equivalent. Experience writing a research paper preferred. 

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Associate Professor Ratigan.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to POSC majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students should expect to encounter an emphasis on written work, readings, group work, independent research, and oral presentations.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Fall 2024