HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Gandhi and King: The Principles of Revolutionary Nonviolence
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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On September 11, 1906, at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, a young lawyer from India inaugurated a force like none other. That force would spread around the world from Africa to Asia to Europe and the Americas and back. The lawyer was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) and the potent force he launched on that historic day was subsequently christened satyagraha, a particular kind of revolutionary non-violent weapon for change. Gandhian non-violence, in turn, has been nurtured and translated by people all across the world, most famously by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This course will examine closely the tradition of non-violent resistance as developed by Gandhi and translated by King. Our focus will be both on the idiom of non-violent social change and on the practice of connected history.

The course meets the Upper-Level Writing requirement. There will be a series of minor and major writing requirements throughout the semester, culminating in a final research paper (approximately 15 to 20 pages) based on primary sources.

Course Requirements:

Major Research paper using primary sources

Intended Audience:

History Majors

Class Format:



HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: All sections of 496: courses are reserved initially for Junior and Senior History Majors and enrolled by override through a pre-registration process before backpack. The true number of remaining seats will be available April 15 under "Open Restricted Seats." Interested non-History Juniors and Seniors, as well as History Majors who did not complete the pre-registration, must contact Sheila (history-cc@umich.edu) for seat availability and to request an override.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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