2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jan 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

POL 333 - The Politics of Non-Violence


The Twentieth Century was the most violent in recorded human history. Two catastrophic world wars, the rise of totalitarian regimes, the Holocaust, the manifest destructive powers and subsequent proliferation of nuclear weapons of mass destruction, and the Cold War (or numerous “proxy” wars between the superpowers in resource-rich developing countries) resulted in millions of deaths. But the most violent century also bore remarkable efforts by men and women to resist these brutalizations, critique violent methodologies, and struggle for alternative methods of political persuasion. This course will explore Twentieth Century theories, practices and dilemmas of nonviolent resistance and transformative struggle. It will encourage examination of questions of means and ends, use of violence and expressions of nonviolence, social justice, and methods of fighting injustice without creating more injustice.
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Credits: 3