SUNY Binghamton Offers Course Credit for Social Justice Activism

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SUNY Binghamton will offer students a “social justice” activism training course this fall. The “Activism, Feminism & Social Justice” class will ask students to “apply their skills” in community activism.

According to a report by Campus Reform, Binghamton University, which is part of the State University of New York system, will teach students how to engage in leftist activism. The course, which is called “Activism, Feminism & Social Justice,” was designed to give students the tools they need to engage in successful leftist activism. Moreover, the students will be asked to “apply their skills” by engaging in “social justice” activism in the local community.

“Activism is about sharing power and resources, equity – not just equality, and inclusivity – particularly for those who have been historically marginalized,” the course description reads. “People of color, low-income individuals and families, and women spearheaded social activism as a way to fight their disenfranchisement.”

The SUNY Binghamton Department of Sociology claims on its website that their courses highlight pressing social issues such as LBGT rights, racial justice, and the importance of “anti-neoliberal” movements:

Sociology is the study of society. Our program places the study of local communities in the context of the long and global history of capitalism. We illuminate how social problems of our day, such as climate change, human trafficking and incarceration, relate to broader social forces. We reveal how labor, feminist, LGBTQ+, anti-colonial, racial justice and anti-neoliberal movements resist the structures of power.

Breitbart News reported in December 2017 that a professor at Kutztown University was offering course credit in exchange for participation in an anti-GOP activism event. “Please join your faculty as we rally against the GOP Tax Bill that has serious implications to you and on Higher Education. This is an opportunity to gain additional extra credit,” Kutztown Professor Mauricia John wrote in an email with the subject line “Additional Extra Credit Opportunity!” John was ultimately forced to cancel the extra credit offering after the public accused her of attempting to manipulate her students into engaging in leftist activism.


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