Colleges offer classes about Occupy Movement

Students at New York University, Rhode Island’s Brown University and Chicago’s Roosevelt University can learn about the Occupy Wall Street movement by occupying classrooms this spring.

Students at these three universities can enroll in classes where they will learn about historical and fundamental aspects of the movement, according to course catalogs.

Sara Weir, Western’s political science department chair, said she had not thought about hosting such classes at Western but welcomes the idea of doing so.

Western political science professor Debra Salazar teaches a social movement class where Occupy is among the movements that students examine. She said her course is not organized by social movements but by theories and frameworks.

“The purpose is not to provide news about social movements but to provide frameworks to analyze social movements, so we use various examples,” Salazar said.

These examples include the anti-abortion movement, the tea party and congregation-based community organizing, she said.

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