How can Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence guide you to take action locally?
What is peace? What is violence? What does peace look like in my community? How does peace generate peace around the world? Why are there so many stories of nonviolent peace movements?
These are some of the questions you will pursue in the Global Peace course. While the Internet has served as a catalyst for revolutions around the world, it may have also fueled a global disconnect that has caused us to ignore the strength, resiliency and importance of our local communities.
Inspired by Gandhi’s 4 principles of nonviolence, you will learn about how communities are resisting oppression around the world, and investigate specific case studies as models for making change on your own block.
Some of the specific skills you will learn include: conflict mapping, historical analysis, critiquing films, evaluating and applying nonviolent techniques.
The Global Peace investigation will pursue the following questions:
- What is the philosophy of nonviolence?
- What is the economy of nonviolence?
- What are the politics of nonviolence?
- What is the weapon of nonviolence?
First, you will learn the key vocabulary and concepts necessary to understand Gandhi’s 4 principles of nonviolence. During this stage, you will learn what sarvodaya, swadeshi, swaraj and satyagraha are, using films and conflict analysis tools to make these concepts come to life.
Next, you will see what these concepts look like in the real world. During this stage, you will explore your community and document different forms of violence, selecting one that inspires you to take action.
Finally, you will apply everything you learned by completing an Action Project. During this stage, you will become a “satyagrahi” and conduct a nonviolent intervention that brings attention to the issue you identified during the External Investigation.
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