2020-21 Curriculum Fellowship for Classroom-Based Courses
The ICNC Classroom-Based Curriculum Fellowship offers a grant of $1,300 for instructors to develop and teach a classroom-based course or curriculum unit on civil resistance.
Applicants for ICNC’s classroom-based curriculum fellowship are expected to either:
- develop a curriculum for a full term course on civil resistance
- a curriculum unit on civil resistance that, at minimum, covers five 90-minute sessions over a minimum of 5 weeks as part of the undergraduate or graduate course. The course should offer students a full course guide with learning objectives, themed modules, relevant readings, exercises, or simulations directly relevant to the field of civil resistance.
The ICNC Curriculum Fellowship offers a grant of $1,300 for fellows to develop:
- a curriculum course plan on civil resistance that will be offered as a self-standing, elective or mandatory, course at the applicant’s home university; or
- a curriculum unit plan on civil resistance that will be incorporated into the existing, elective or mandatory, course at the applicant’s home university
In addition to a curriculum fellowship grant, awardees will receive staff support and consulting around curriculum planning and a package with academic books and documentaries on civil resistance. ICNC provides these resources free of charge as part of its curriculum fellowship package to help its fellows develop the content on and teach civil resistance.
2020-21 ICNC Curriculum Fellows are expected to teach their courses either in Fall 2020 or Winter or Spring 2021 (according to northern hemisphere seasons).
The fellowship grants will be disbursed in two equal installments. If a teaching team is granted the fellowship, they will split the grant of $1,300 between themselves.
- The first installment will be made after the course begins, the student enrollment is confirmed and the syllabus with a civil resistance component has been satisfactorily reviewed by ICNC.
- The second installment will be made after the classroom-based course ends and ICNC receives fellow’s final report and results of students’ evaluations pertaining to their learning on civil resistance and course assessment.
a. fellow develops a full-fledged course syllabus that includes a curriculum unit on civil resistance. A unit on civil resistance covers a minimum of five 90-minute sessions over a period of at least 5 weeks.
b. sessions on civil resistance that are part of the developed curriculum unit will, at minimum, analyze and explain to students:
- what civil resistance is and what are the prevailing misconceptions concerning civil resistance
- the historical record and effectiveness of civil resistance
- strategies and tactics of civil resistance
- dynamics of civil resistance including but not limited to the phenomenon of backfire, defections, movement mobilization, sustainability or tactical innovation and sequencing
c. no fewer than 10 students will register and attend the course
d. course syllabus, assignments, and assessment materials are to be developed in English, though the course itself may be conducted in a different language. If the latter is the case, ICNC expects applicants to incorporate into their proposed syllabi relevant translations of civil resistance resources available on the ICNC website.
e. fellow hosts at least one guest speaker who will present on a selected topic on civil resistance
Review instruments (f & g & k):
f. fellow develops online evaluation instrument to be used to assess progress in students’ learning about civil resistance:
- template of a pre-seminar learning gains survey (distributed prior to the start of the seminar)
- template of a post-seminar learning gains survey (distributed at the end of the seminar)
g. fellow develops online final course evaluation to solicit students’ feedback on the course content on civil resistance:
- template of the final course evaluation
h. fellow submits a final report to ICNC soon after the course or curriculum unit ends. The report will summarize content on civil resistance delivered, including any innovative teaching tools used, information on the guest speaker talk, aggregate results from the students’ learning gains surveys, results from the final evaluation, and general lessons learnt.
i. students’ feedback/evaluation and recommendation for improvements.
j. fellow selects and submits to ICNC––with student’s permission–one or two outstanding pieces of written or audio/video work on civil resistance done as part of the course.
k. fellow develops online follow-up survey for students to complete 3 months after the course ends. The fellow is responsible for sending the follow-up survey to their students.
- template of the 3 month follow-up survey
Resources To Help Develop A Curriculum Proposal
In developing the curriculum proposal for a classroom-based course or unit on civil resistance, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider integrating elements of the following resources:
- ICNC translations: if a proposed course is taught in a language different than English, a fellow will be expected to incorporate translations of civil resistance literature available in the ICNC library, which houses materials on civil resistance in more than 60 languages
- A Force More Powerful, 2000 documentary
- Bringing Down a Dictator, 2001 documentary
- Orange Revolution, 2007 documentary
- Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011)
- Maciej Bartkowski, ed. Recovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013)
- Peter Ackerman, and Jack DuVall, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (New York: Macmillan, 2000)
- Shaazka Beyerle, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014)
- Veronique Dudouet, ed. Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation: Transition from Armed to Nonviolent Struggle (London: Routledge, 2015)
- A Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support
Applicants’ curriculum proposal – to be submitted as part of the application process – is expected to include a list of resources on civil resistance that an applicant plans to incorporate into a classroom-based and identify a potential guest speaker suitable for a proposed civil resistance topic.
How To Apply
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Online and Hybrid Course Fellowships
In addition to the classroom based fellowship, ICNC also offers a curriculum fellowship for online courses and for hybrid (classroom and online) courses.
To learn more about the online courses curriculum fellowship, please click here.
To learn more about the hybrid curriculum fellowship, please click here.