Social Movements: a Global Perspective

General Information
dr Christoph Sorg
1-3, 10-12.04.2019
Number of Hours: 
Course Description: 

Monday – 01.04.2019

15.00 – 16.30 (room 208)  

16.30 – 18.00 (room 208)  


Wednesday – 03.04.2019

8.15 – 9.45 (room 13)    

9.45 – 11.15 (room 13)   


Wednesday – 10.04.2019

8.15 – 9.45 (room 13)    

9.45 – 11.15 (room 13)   


Thursday – 11.04.2019

11.30 – 13.00 (room 205)  

13.00 – 13.45 (room 205)


Social movements constitute central actors of social change and globalization. They act as brokers diffusing knowledge across the globe and thereby establish interaction between distinct territories. Social movement studies emerged as a relatively marginal discipline since the 1960s to explain why social inequality and grievances do not necessarily translate into collective protest. But social movement studies has recently become more and more popular, especially since the upsurge in protest in 2011. Despite successful efforts to theorize how collective action against social grievances happens in distinct contexts, social movement studies remains dominated by methodological nationalism and Western-centric perspectives.

This class will introduce students to the field of social movement studies from a global studies perspective. First, historical origins and central concepts of social movement studies will be explained. Students will then learn how social movements produce globalization and how globalization produces social movements from different perspectives. Some case studies of social movements will finally illustrate concepts and theories.

Students are asked to actively participate in discussions and present one of the texts during class. The class will take place in the form of a blocked course.