Some people get involved in politics for money and power; however, a lot of people do so to pursue social and political change. From noncompliance to peaceful protests to violent resistance, numerous people take part in politics and social movements because of entrenched injustice. As such, injustice and social movements are two sides of the same coin. In this course, we will explore key theories and concepts of political participation and examine some of the most important social movements in the contemporary world. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to think carefully about how human actions and ideas are shaping our world.