Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World

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Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World

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Have you ever wanted to change the world? Have you ever wondered what motivates some people to become activists? What experiences in your childhood or when you were a teenager may have shaped your political identity? Join us, along with Gloria Steinem, Loretta Ross, and others, in a seven-week exploration of these questions and more. In this course, you will analyze some of the psychological theories that help explain what leads people to want to change society.

Through rich, interactive case studies you will meet nine prominent women activists who were engaged in efforts and movements in the U.S. from the 1960s through the 1990s including the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTQ Movement, and the Reproductive Justice Movement. Within our online community you will discuss and debate how psychological theories can explain these activists’ motivations, discover where the theories are and are not applicable, and collaboratively crea...

Have you ever wanted to change the world? Have you ever wondered what motivates some people to become activists? What experiences in your childhood or when you were a teenager may have shaped your political identity? Join us, along with Gloria Steinem, Loretta Ross, and others, in a seven-week exploration of these questions and more. In this course, you will analyze some of the psychological theories that help explain what leads people to want to change society.

Through rich, interactive case studies you will meet nine prominent women activists who were engaged in efforts and movements in the U.S. from the 1960s through the 1990s including the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTQ Movement, and the Reproductive Justice Movement. Within our online community you will discuss and debate how psychological theories can explain these activists’ motivations, discover where the theories are and are not applicable, and collaboratively create new understandings and analyses.

Each week, Gloria Steinem (SC ‘56) will provide her thoughts and insight into how these theories might apply to contemporary issues.

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Rachel Swiger

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
This course is very well put together. The material provided, both reading and video, were outstanding. The content was laid out very well and I like how you learn about a particular person and topic in the weekly material but that you focus on a specific person of your choosing throughout to learn about and analyze using the methods that you're taught throughout the course. The course definitely requires you to dedicate some time and put in a decent amount of effort. There are the videos and weekly readings, of course, but there is a LOT of reading to be done about the woman that you choose to focus on. The tests and exams consist of more than just multiple choice selections and require some serious thought about the subject at hand.... But, I think that it was well worth it. There is a lot to learn in this course and the subject is one that I think a lot of people, both men and women alike, will enjoy learning about. The instruct... This course is very well put together. The material provided, both reading and video, were outstanding. The content was laid out very well and I like how you learn about a particular person and topic in the weekly material but that you focus on a specific person of your choosing throughout to learn about and analyze using the methods that you're taught throughout the course. The course definitely requires you to dedicate some time and put in a decent amount of effort. There are the videos and weekly readings, of course, but there is a LOT of reading to be done about the woman that you choose to focus on. The tests and exams consist of more than just multiple choice selections and require some serious thought about the subject at hand.... But, I think that it was well worth it. There is a lot to learn in this course and the subject is one that I think a lot of people, both men and women alike, will enjoy learning about. The instructor was great. Well spoken, clear, and a great teacher. If this course is any indication of what Smith is capable of, I hope that they come out with more courses in the future.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
That is honestly a very very good course. I chose to take it because I was interested in learning more about women involved with activism but I had no prior experience. The course involved lecture videos, reading material, thought experiments and a wonderful discussion board. It requires to dedicate some time but it is worth it! I am really glad it took this course and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject whether they have some prior experience or not.
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Kayla Kiteley

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
I really enjoyed the content in this course! I had never taken anything in this field of study before and so I was excited to try something different. This course was really well conducted and provided a lot of interactive activities.
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Joyce Nyendwa

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5 years, 6 months ago
The course is very interesting because mostly women are in the forefront to spearhead the course and women the fact is that women has been looked down at l can say the world at large. And l think its high time women must wake up from sleep and lift up there voices. like its already happening in America am so happy that even men are giving support to Mrs. Clinton. So impressed with the instructor and the Content not forgetting providers.
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