Social Movement Success
· Explain social movements, the various types, and why they exist;
· Describe how sociological theory can explain how social movements work;
· Examine the purpose of social movements and social advocates for social change in society.
· Body (about 5 pages): present the following information to provide the process and potential experience of your social movement:
· Apply the “Six Steps of Social Movement Success”
1. Justify your reasons for wanting to be an advocate for social change by identifying a social issue that you are interested in supporting through your social movement. Support your choice with research evidence as to why it is a social issue that needs to be addressed in society;
2. Identify your constituents to form a group, specifically presenting the unique identity or cultural affiliation groups represented, as well as external constituents who may support and further your cause;
3. Interpret if there is a challenge to forming a group. Is there a potential for marginalized members by identity or cross-cultural issues, etc.
4. Create a strategy of social action for your social movement. What actions will you take, with whom, and where will you apply them? Support your choices with research evidence of what has worked for other social movements.
5. Compile a list of resources you have to support your social movement. Specifically consider who holds the power to enact change for your social movement. How will you mobilize your resources and connect with those in power?
6. Organize your social action, by pulling these steps together and launching your social movement. Present how you will lead, influence and inspire.
· Conclusion (about 3 pages): present the following information for your conclusion regarding your efforts to lead a social movement:
· Briefly summarize your social issue, the steps taken to support your social movement and your conclusions of potential success through gaining power or influencing those with power, as well as reflection upon areas that could experience failure;
· Supports the impact of the social movement by determining if it benefitted a social group, a social issue, social policy, theoretical knowledge, or all of these.
· Describe your personal, academic, and potential professional development in researching the social issue and considering the process for creating social change.