Roosevelt University To Offer Course On Occupy Movement

CHICAGO (CBS) — Roosevelt University is set to offer a course all about the Occupy movement.

The new course, Political Science 390: Occupy Everywhere, is being held for the first time this semester. Associate professor and social movement expert Jeff Edwards will teach the course.

In a news release on the Roosevelt Web site, Edwards said he got the idea for the class after observing the ongoing debate in political science circles about the effect that economic inequality is having on democracy in America.

Students taking the course will review literature, essays and articles about the Occupy movement, as well as additional research on democracy and economic inequality. Students will also conduct original research on elements of the Occupy movement.

The students will compare the Occupy movement to other social movements throughout history, examine the racial dynamics of the movement, look at the Occupy movement as a global phenomenon, and examine the future of the movement and its possible impact on the 2012 presidential election.

There are other similar cultures being taught at other universities across the country, including the New York University course titled, “Cultures and Economies: Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance.” Meanwhile, Columbia University in New York planned, but decided not to offer, a course called, “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality and Social Movement.”

Also at Roosevelt, Columbia University journalism and sociology professor Todd Gitlin is set to deliver a lecture, “Occupy and the Future of American Politics,” at 3 p.m. Feb. 23.

  • Me

    And nothing for the Tea Party movement (which I don’t support) that monopolized the airwaves until the Occupy idiots started occpying everything.

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  • klusterfuk

    How about teaching them something that will get them a job? Worthless waste of time for people looking for a worthless degree, for their worthless lives.

  • Toonces

    Roosevelt is not a real colege anyway; most of their grads are jobless.

  • Ralph Ralphed

    Here is another example of an alleged institution of “higher” education displaying its total irrelevance to society. When do they start offering subjects that will enable their graduates to meaningfully contribute to the improvement of the species?

  • Bill T.

    I hope they are smart enough to teach how disgusted the majority of the 99% is with the Losers that are part of the OWS movement! Maybe once they learn that support for them is minimal, they will just go away!!!!!!

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  • Rodney

    The history of labor movements is fascinating, and occupy is the logical continuation. Something is wrong, so people must act. Scholars and, in general, smart people, recognize the need for positive change. Thank you Roosevelt for offering such a relevant course. It’s a shame so many people are unaware of our own history (just look at the rest of these comments).

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