This class was tough.
I would highly recommend this course because it teaches you how to critically and effectively question what has been established in society as truth, and ultimately redefine it. This class studies social movements, and the importance of coming together as people to create change for the betterment of humanity. The most useful tool in this class is your reading skills. The more thorough you read and take notes, the better you will do in this class. Also, ask a lot of questions and visit the professor in their office hours at least once a week. Some of the material is very complex and difficult, use the resources the school gives you! If you read and take notes on each reading, and see the professor when you are confused or need help; you will ace this class.
I learned about how social movements deal with feelings of shame and other emotional components, and how these emotions can bring together and/or tear down a movement. For our final, we conducted a small scale social movement where students actually protested against the scheduled final exam arguing that it was oppressive towards students who learn in certain ways different from strict memorization. Other students in the class wanted to take the scheduled final exam, so we sat for three hours trying to align peoples very different views and learn to communicate with a group of people who do not have similar views. This was one of the most profound learning experiences I have ever had.
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The most useful study tip is to take excellent notes when you do your readings as well as in lecture. Taking notes while you read will help you establish what you think the author is arguing, and taking notes in class will help clarify what the author was actually trying to argue. Once you have read the readings outside of class, you can contribute to the discussion and ask questions on the material. The best advice I can give is to go to your professors office hours as well as your Teacher's Assistant office hours and talk to them and ask questions!