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Julie Beicken is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology.
Her Master's Thesis, "Eugenics: An Elite Social Movement," was an exploration into how the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century framed its missions and tactics in order to pursue its goal of 'purifying' the white race and advancing the 'science' of racial hygiene.
Her dissertation, "In the Nick of Time: Ethics and Torture in the 'War on Terror' on 24,' examines the changing moral compass in the United States regarding the use of torture since the terrorist attacks of September 11th. It considers the evolution of ethical guidelines regarding torture in both legal documents as well as news and entertainment media, specifically through an in-depth qualitative content analysis of the popular television series, '24.'
SOC 308 • Revolution, Power, Nonviolence
TTH 200pm-330pm UTC 4.104
This course considers the relationship between power, revolution and the role of violence (or lack thereof) in revolutionary movements. While the bulk of revolutions throughout history have relied on violent means to reach their goals, the Iranian Revolution of 1978-9 was the first in a series of revolutions that can be considered ‘nonviolent’—meaning that revolutionaries did not utilize violent tactics to overthrow an existing regime.
The first part of the course will examine theoretical perspectives on revolution, which are derived from studying empirical cases of revolutions throughout history. We will explore how revolutions have been explained and understood. Because revolutions involve, at least in part, the transfer of state power from one group to another, understandings of power are at the heart of the study of revolution. Thus, the second part of the course will consider different notions of power and how these relate to our understandings of revolutions. Finally, we will consider how both the exercise and transfer of power can be achieved by nonviolent means. We will look at both empirical cases and theoretical perspectives on episodes of nonviolent popular movements that have spawned great social change.
DeFronzo, James. 2011. Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements (4th edition)
Schock, Kurt. 2005. Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies.
Additional required materials will be available on Blackboard.