ICNC - Rutgers International Institute for Peace Online Course
Deadline to apply is Sept. 27, 2015
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and the Rutgers International Institute for Peace (IIP, Rutgers University) will host the online, moderated course, "People Power: The Study of Strategic Nonviolent Resistance," which will take place between October 9 and November 25, 2015.
Civil resistance is a social and political phenomenon that defies a long-held belief in the power of arms to challenge brutal, violent adversary. ICNC supported work on the development of unique datasets of nonviolent campaigns (NAVCO) leading to a ground-breaking, quantitative study that showed that civil resistance movements emerged and succeeded in challenging environments. It also established that civil resistance struggles are more than twice as effective against violent states as armed resistance groups.
Informed by these important findings this online course provides an interactive, in-depth and multidisciplinary perspective on civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world. We will explain how civil resistance can be such a potent force and what constitutes its underlying dynamics and effectiveness. We consider various cases of civil resistance struggles, including those that go beyond resistance against states and will study nonviolent organizing and actions to curb corruption, fight abusive business practices and challenge violent non-state groups.
By integrating voices from the field, we will reflect on the skills and agency of ordinary people, their strategies and tactics, backfire effect, and role of gender in civil resistance. Finally, we will look at how entrenched political and social structures and practices shift under the pressure of organized nonviolent movements that shape societies, nations and institutions long-term.
The course will involve a number of activities to be completed within specified time frames, including forum posts, review of recorded webinars, posted readings, and videos, Skype meetings and online discussions.
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The main goals of this online course are: