RCSSCI 354 - Nonviolence in Action
Section: 001
Term: FA 2006
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course focuses on powerful, nonviolent strategies that have been used successfully by people all over the world to respond to global and local conflicts. Through readings, videos, frequent reading-journal assignments and several longer papers, small group discussions, guest speakers, and student-initiated community action projects, students attempt to define central terms such as violence, war, terrorism, justice, nonviolence, and peace. They look at current US aggressive interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq; the Israel/Palestine conflict; and UN peacekeeping efforts such as Rwanda and Bosnia. They become acquainted with various philosophies of nonviolence (found in Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, "just war" theory; secular pacifism and political activism). They examine case studies of strategic nonviolent action (Poland, South Africa, India, Chile, the Chicano Farm Workers Movement, and the US Civil Rights Movement, as well as current anti-war and anti-globalization protests). They examine their own and others' assumptions about "human nature," and learn to respond orally and in writing to arguments justifying war and aggression. Although the purpose of the course is to pose alternatives to the use of aggression in solving human problems, students are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about when and where the use of violence might be justified. Student-designed community projects might involve facilitating discussion groups about nonviolent methods in a high school or middle school, writing and performing skits in classrooms or public spaces that raise questions about peace and war; producing and distributing a journal or zine containing essays, interviews, and poetry; or creating and exhibiting art that engages viewers in critical thinking about some of the concepts in the course. Five books; coursepack; and frequent short papers comprising about 60 pages of writing (including drafts).

RCSSCI 354 - Nonviolence in Action
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001 (SEM)
3RC Ugrd
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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