'Why Men (and Women) Rebel' 2.0: Introduction to Social Movement Theory and Contentious Politics (Pilot)

Department of Special Ops, Irregular War & LIC ISMTCP SRR 3552 Open Nomination Only Unclassified


This course will examine “why societies rebel” through social movements leading to contentious political situations by studying the case of the uprising in Egypt and what later became the Arab Spring in lesson one. Lesson two will be an introduction of classical social movement theories with discussion on relative depravation, societal, and structural factors. Lesson three will focus student discussion on emergent topics in contentious politics. Concluding the instruction will be lesson four on a case study series on the Arab Spring Wars. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.


The primary target audience is USSOF personnel who are or will likely be assigned to Components and other joint operational staffs (particularly TSOCs) which develop, coordinate, and execute plans in support of Geographic and/or Functional Combatant Commander objectives. In addition, USSOCOM’s SOF Network of multinational and interagency partner personnel will be invited to attend to bring their unique perspectives on planning and execution within the JIIM-C contemporary security environment.


Various readings and videos.

There are no scheduled events for this course