Please Note: Due to instructor travel, there will be no class the week of March 2, and then a make up class the week of March 16.
Social change comes in a variety of shapes and forms. It takes on different meanings attending to the cultural, social, and political needs of the communities, networks, and organizations that engage, participate, and interact in their pursuit of advancing social goals. Whether it is youth groups mobilizing for democratic goals, migrant communities organizing to advance their rights, women networks interacting across countries to fight gender inequality, communities develop different strategies for organizing and interacting across neighborhoods, states, and nations towards the betterment of societies. Different technology tools are playing a significant role for communities organizing for social change around the world opening new spaces for participation, shaping organizational strategies and enabling opportunities for networking and collaboration beyond their local environments. This course will explore the dynamics of community organization for social change in different cultural, social and political contexts and the ways in which digital media are appropriated attending to these different contexts. Drawing on experiences from around the world, the primary emphasis of the course is to understand dynamics of community organization and participation that lay at the intersection between local contexts and digital media and the different ways in which this interaction shape the types of organizational and engagement strategies of people, communities, and networks.