Strategies for Social Change
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS ASSIGNMENT
Essay and Oral Presentation
Due Date: Tuesday May 7, 2019
ANALYSIS OF A SOCIAL MOVEMENT
Selection of social movement: Choose a current social movement occurring on a national or state or local level.
Provide reasons for your choice in your introduction.
Description of Social Movement. (Find at least 3 sources)
— Describe this social movement: its history and current incarnations (if any), covering aspects of structure,
issues of concern, strategies and actions, membership, funding, public support, etc. Be sure to explain in
sociological terms why this is a social movement.
— Describe what social change the members of the social movement are seeking. Be sure to include a discussion
of whether it is a reform, protest, revolution, or resistance movement.
— Explain why/why not this is a nonviolent social movement.
— Is the social change sought being realized â€“ why or why not?
— What strategies could the activists use to achieve the social changes sought?
MUSIC USED IN THE SOCIAL MOVEMENT
(Start this analysis on a new page in your essay)
Finding Appropriate Song Lyric. Each student will find a song lyric that addresses the social movement you
analyzed. It can bring awareness to and/or protest the specific social issue. Regardless of the type of music to
which you already listen, chances are someone is writing about the issue. You may choose a song with which
you are familiar or choose a lyric from a different genre. It does not matter if the song is current, or from a
different time in history.
— The song title will be the first line at the top of the page.
— The next line will list the author(s) of the lyric and the copyright date.
— The next line will list a reference for the source of the lyric (can be the URL from a lyric repository, or copyright
information from the liner notes of a CD or cassette or LP, etc.).
Historical Context of the Lyric (if found). After the info provided above, skip a line and write a paragraph
including any information you find about the background or circumstances surrounding the writing of the lyric,
such as the political, social, and/or economic environment; or a specific event that influenced the writer. You
can also include, but do not have to, any information on who sang the song, on what album, etc. Some of this
information may not be available; if that is the case, tell me so I know that you looked for it.
Typed Song Lyrics. After providing the info above, type the song lyrics (single-spaced). After the song lyrics, skip
a line and continue with the analysis below.
Analyzing the Song Lyric. [NOTE: The information in this section should be written about the lyric, NOT any
music videos of the song. Music videos tell you how other people interpret the lyric. This paper is about how
YOU analyze the lyric.] After reading the lyric, think about what the author is trying to say. Your analysis must
include, but is not limited to: (1) how does the lyric protest the problem? (2) is the lyric written from the
perspective of someone experiencing the issue, or from an outsider? (3) what is the mood of the lyric? is it
anger? nostalgia? fatalism? pessimism? hope?, etc.; (4) what kind of social change is the author trying to bring
about (structural / cultural)? (5) why did you choose that particular lyric? As evidence for the first four points
above, use short quotes from the lyrics to support your analysis. [NOTE: For this section of the paper only, you
do not have to provide a specific reference for each quote taken from the song lyric, as long as you put the
quoted information inside â€œ â€œ marks, because it is understood that all the quotes are from the lyric you are
including with your analysis paper. Information used from any source other than the song lyric you are analyzing
MUST be cited within the body of the paper, and included in the reference/ bibliography page.]
Learning. Briefly explain in your report what you have learned about yourself while conducting this project on a
social movement and analyzing song lyrics that are/can be used as part of the social movement.
References. Provide a bibliography page of sources. You may use any citation style you wish, as long as you use
it correctly and consistently.
In order not to be overwhelmed by this project, you need to systematically work on each step in a timely
manner and you need to narrow down and FOCUS as much as possible. With the exception of the section on
â€œLearning,â€ all sections of the paper should be written using academic style of writing.
FORMAT OF PAPER:
At the top of the first page, put:
– Paper #4 â€“ SO338 â€“ Spring 2019
Skip a line and begin the body of the paper. Paper is to be at least 1,500 words in length (not including the typed
song lyrics), single-spaced, with 1″ margins, and in Times Roman 12 pt. font. After the last line of the paper, add
an additional line stating the word count of the paper (not including the typed long lyrics). Paper will be graded
on content, organization of thoughts, adherence to instructions, grammar, and spelling. DO NOT use report
folders; staple in top left-hand corner. NO LATE PAPER CAN BE ACCEPTED!!! NO EXCEPTIONS.
You CANNOT use information from any type of encyclopedic-related sources, blogs, college lectures, or a
random internet site for which you cannot substantiate its credibility . Use academic sources, such as books,
almanacs, credible web sites, magazine articles that use academic sources, etc.
FORMAT OF ORAL PRESENTATION:
Students will give a short oral presentation summarizing what they found about their chosen social movement.
Then, they will read their song lyrics and provide the analysis (see second file). The oral presentation is worth
15% of the grade.
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