Nonviolence: Philosophy and Practice (PACS6912)


This unit critically and experientially explores the philosophical basis and theoretical underpinnings of nonviolent civil resistance in local and global struggles against injustice. We will analyse the nature of power, the meaning of nonviolent action and how it can bring about social change. Extensive use is made of case studies of nonviolent social movements from across time and around the world as well as practical exercises to unpack assumptions about the use of violence and nonviolence.

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1x2hr seminar/week or equivalent intensive


1x2500wd reflective journal (50%), 1x3500wd case study analysis (50%),

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