Welcome to one of four senior seminars offered by the Department of Political Science this academic year. We will be exploring an alternative path to political participation and social justice: grassroots politics and social movements. As part of your senior seminar experience, you will write a major paper covering some aspect of this topic. This is a learning community, and we all have our parts to play in making our community a dynamic and equitable space to explore these phenomena. We should arrive to class having read the assignments and prepared for discussion. This course is designed to encourage thoughtful consideration of political institutions, processes, and the limits of our representative democracy.