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Social Change Courses @ Northeastern

Northeastern is a leader in experiential teaching, scholarship and activism that advance the solving of real-world problems. The following is a list of Spring 2023 courses that address social change and social justice.

For information about course requirements, please contact the college. Click on “filter” to sort by college or topic. For more about institutes and centers that address public problem solving, click here. To register for one of these courses, please visit the Northeastern Student Hub.


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Courses: Social Change @ Northeastern

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  • Modern Chinese History and Culture

    Course Number: CLTR 1500

    Department: Culture (CLTR)

    Introduces modern Chinese history and culture through literary works, films, and historical texts. Examines political, social, and cultural changes in China since 1800: the decline of empire; the New Culture Movement of the 1920s; the rise of nationalism and rural revolution; the changing roles of women; the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s; and China’s cinematic, literary, and economic engagement with the world since 1978. Taught in English and open to all undergraduates. CLTR 1500 and HIST 1500 are cross-listed.

  • Music and Social Justice

    Course Number: MUSI 3351

    Department: Music (MUSC)

    Introduces theories of ethics, morality, and equality and strategies to advance social justice—to ensure equality and human dignity for all people—through music. Explores the music industry as both a microcosm of society and amplifier of our collective ethics. On stage, on the record, and through direct action, musicians worldwide use their art and renown to serve social movements. Many also face equality and equity challenges within the music industry. As future professionals, students may either challenge or reinforce the injustices they encounter in their professional and personal lives.Through critical discourse on professional ethics in the music business and service-learning projects requiring direct community engagement, seeks to empower students to make a lifelong commitment to ethical decision making and advancing social justice.

  • Music and the Racial Imagination

    Course Number: MUSC 3353

    Department: Music (MUSC)

    Addresses the history of the concept of race, taken as a cultural construct and a lived reality, long used to justify social, economic, and political inequality. Examines the relationship between musical sound and processes of racialization, addressing this relationship through a series of select historical and contemporary case studies, alongside grounding texts drawn from critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, and ethnomusicology and popular music studies. Explores how the construction and everyday lived experience of race influenced music production, performance, reception, and analysis and how categories of race have been represented and questioned through the sonic and embodied acts of performers.

  • New England Stories: Storytelling & the African American Experience

    Course Number: AFAM 2318

    Department: African American Studies (AFAM)

    Delves into the fascinating stories of African Americans who have called New England home, from the seventeenth century up to the present. Discusses themes such as freedom and slavery, migration, and civil rights. Introduces an interdisciplinary framework for understanding Black identity formation, activism, and cultural as well as intellectual traditions amid the long struggle for justice.

  • New Ventures in Social Entrepreneurship

    Course Number: NPM 6320

    Department: Nonprofit Management – CPS (NPM)

    Focuses on entrepreneurial ideas that generate social impact. Offers students an opportunity to explore social entrepreneurship and test ideas for social innovation in a rigorous and supportive environment. Covers how to generate an innovative business idea, how to address social issues and have an impact, and how to develop an action plan and consequently measure for results. Offers insights on communication, business plans, and presentation skills.

  • Opening the (Queer) Archive

    Course Number: ENGL 3400

    Department: English (ENGL)

    Introduces students to the rich archival holdings in the greater Boston area, as well as to online archives. Offers students an opportunity to obtain training in the materials and methods of primary source research. Primary materials include a wide range of resources, including books, manuscripts, letters, pamphlets, broadsides, journals, maps, illustrations, and photographs. May focus on Shakespeare’s archive, archives for social justice, literary uses of archives, queer archives, people of color in the archive, or other themes.

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