The concentration in social transformation introduces students to the ways in which social change is catalyzed by social movements, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, protest, law, activism and organizing. Students enrolled in the concentration learn how diverse communities locally and globally have achieved social change, understand theories of social transformation, and consider how to apply what they have learned about social transformation and transformational knowledge to the social problems facing communities today. The course work provides comparative, transdisciplinary and socially engaged frameworks within which to understand local and global mobilization, including, but not limited to, civil rights movements, labor movements, democracy movements, movements for global justice and movements for gender equality. Students learn how communities that have traditionally been institutionally marginalized have successfully mobilized to achieve institutional, political, cultural and economic change.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
- All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
- A minimum 12 hours must be taken in courses offered at ASU.
- To enhance the understanding of the subject matter, the selected courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered.
- Additional elective courses can be applied to the concentration with approval from a Social Transformation advisor.
Required Courses: 6 credit hours
SST 220 / APA 220 / JUS 220 Introduction to Social Transformation (offered Spring only)
SST 484 Internship or SST 499 Individualized Instruction
Electives: 12 credit hours
Choose elective courses from the following:
AFR 325 Music as Political Discourse Reggae, Calypso, and Hip Hop or JUS 326
AFR 365 or WST 364: Unruly Voices: Black Women and Cultural Narratives
AFR 420: Race Ethnicity and Politics in the African Diaspora
AFR 470: Women's International Human Rights
APA 350: Inequality and Diversity in Education
COM 312 Communication, Conflict and Negotiation
COM 341 Social Context for Performance
ENG 333 Ethnic American Literature
ENG 367 Environmental Issues in Literature and Film
ENG 371 Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement
HST 306 The Civil Rights Movement
HST 354 Revolutionary Europe
JUS 320 Community and Social Justice
JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty
JUS 350 Immigration and Justice
JUS 375 Justice and Mass Media
JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict and Change
JUS 444 Environment and Justice
JUS 460 Feminism and Justice
JUS 497 Honors Colloquium: Digital Activism
NLM 410 Social Entrepreneurship
PAF 305 Urban Governance
REL 379 Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
SOC 352 Social Change
TCL 340 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics
TCL 341 Policy Issues in Chicana/o and Latina/o Urban Settings
THP 482 Theatre for Social Change
WST 375 Women and Social Change
WST 377 History of Feminist Thought
WST 378 Global Feminist Thought
WST 380 Race, Gender and Class
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