OSHR 1310 - The Psychology of Mass Movements

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Mass Movements have occurred throughout history. Some are cultural, some are religious, and some are political. They tend to be very emotional and dynamic, socially disruptive and conflictual. We often shake our heads in bewilderment, but sometimes find ourselves stirred to action impressed with the cause at hand. These movements have significant similarities. They are driven by a sense of loss or the hope of gain and a better future. Several come to mind immediately: the Crusades, Nazi Germany, the Russian Revolution, American Hippies and the Anti-Vietnam movement of the 1960s, and the current election campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. We will examine these commonalities through the timeless work of Eric Hoffer in his classic volume, The True Believer.

Reading: Hoffer, Eric: The True Believer, Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, Harper Collins, Publisher; ISBN-10: 0060505915, ISBN-13: 978-0060505912

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.