RCSSCI 354 - Nonviolence in Action
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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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, reading journal assignments and several longer papers, small and large group discussions, and student-designed group projects, students attempt to define central terms such as violence, war, terrorism, justice, nonviolence, and peace. They study the ways violence is promoted and justified by the state, and the motivations for terrorism by non-state actors. 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, Israel-Palestine, the Chicano Farm Workers Movement, and the US Civil Rights Movement. They examine their own and others' assumptions about violence in human nature, and learn to respond orally and in writing to arguments justifying war and aggression. Student presentations cover other important aspects of violence and nonviolence such as school bullying, gang activity, truth and reconciliation commissions, and ways to inner peace. The final paper is an application of nonviolent theories and strategies to a current, fledgling, non-violent movement, such as La Onf (“No Violence”) in Iraq. Although the purpose of the course is to pose alternatives to the use of violence in solving human problems, students are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about when and where the use of force might be justified. No exams or quizzes. Moderate to heavy reading; significant amount of polished writing; ample opportunity for feedback and re-writing.

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