Social Change [CRN 27413]

Discipline: Sociology
Instructor: Garvey
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 15:10
End: 16:30
Field Work: Day 2 | March 20, 2017 | South Africa
Prerequisites: One (1) introductory sociology course Download Syllabus


Students will study the theory of change and learn how different cultures deal with divergent opinions and the need for reform and improvement. Particular emphasis will be placed upon sources of stability and stress in changing societies; consequences of planned and unplanned change; future trendsWe will examine social change movements in NGOs, educational organizations, health care reform, linguistic reform, gender roles and other areas of societal change. Who are the social change activists in the countries we will visit and how do they do their work? Why do they dedicate their lives to the common good? This course will require students to compare, contrast and analyze the people, programs and agencies that are deeply involved in social change.


To help introduce the concept of social change and how/why various cultures change to meet the needs of their members. Students will be introduced to the stages of social change and meet change agents in each county visited. The personal contact with people in port will help students better understand the uniqueness and similarity of adaptation, change and social action.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 2
Date: March 20, 2017

Led by Rhoda Kadalie, a South African activist, we will visit two NGOs in the Cape Town area, St. Joseph’s Home and the Oasis Association.

Learning Objectives:
1. To help students learn about how services are provided to those in need.
2. To introduce students to activists and staff who are creating and running successful programs.
3. To allow students to ask questions and learn about the challengers and rewards associated with NGO work.