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In recent history, nonviolent protest movements have succeeded in asserting collective rights of self-determination, establishing civil liberties, transforming social conflicts and toppling repressive regimes. This course will provide an opportunity to examine the theory, practice and historical record of nonviolent political campaigns in the modern era. The course will include critical evaluation of the ethical and strategic merit of nonviolent approaches, elaborate distinctions between principled and strategic paradigms of nonviolence, and examine the roles of culture, gender, identity, leadership, psychology and religion in nonviolent campaigns. A series of contemporary and historical case studies, illustrated by film and guest lectures, will provide opportunities for grounded examination of the discourses, methods, ethical and tactical dilemmas of nonviolent struggle.
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