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PEACE028 The Power of Nonviolence 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will have gained an understanding of the theory and practice of nonviolence.

General description

The lectures, discussions, films, and readings provide a background on the theory and methods of nonviolence and illustrate nonviolence in action around the world through consideration of social and political nonviolent movements.

Enrolment for University Studies

Please contact the teacher responsible.


Douglas P Fry, Teacher responsible


Lectures 28 hours
Tue 15-Jan-2013 - 29-Jan-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI
Thu 17-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI
Fri 8-Feb-2013 - 15-Feb-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI
Mon 18-Feb-2013 - 4-Mar-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI
Wed 20-Feb-2013 - 6-Mar-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

The assignments will be weighed approximately as follows:
In-class essay # 1 10 points
In-class essay # 2 10 points
In-class essay # 3 10 points
Questions for nonviolent activist 10 points
Outline of Panel Comments 10 points
Short paper 50 points
Total 100 points

Study materials


Beller, Ken & Chase, Heather (2000) Great Peacemakers. Sedona, AZ: LTS Press.

                      Chapter 2: Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Resistance, pp. 11-18.

                      Chapter 3: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Daring to Dream, pp. 19-26

Cortright, David (2006) Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers.

                      Chapter 6: The Power of Nonviolence, pp. 111-136.

                      Chapter 7: Learning Lessons, pp. 137-161.

                      Chapter 9: Principles of Action, pp. 191-221.

Holmes, Robert & Gan, Barry (2005) Nonviolence in Theory and Practice. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

                      Center for the Study of Conflict, Nonviolence Plays a Role, pp. 328-331.

                      Bondurant, Satyagraha in Action, pp. 85-94.

                      Deats, Lithuania, pp. 336-339

                      Deats, The Indian Way, p. 298.

                      Deats, The Philippines, pp. 318-322.

                      DuVall, Liberation without War, pp. 256-260.

                      Gandhi, On Satyagraha, pp. 77-84.

                      Sharp, Nonviolent Action, pp. 247-252.

                      Sharp, The Technique of Nonviolent Action, pp. 253-255.

Klicperova, Martina, Feierabend, I., & Hofstetter, C. Richard (1997) Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and Civic Culture: The Case of Czechoslovakia. In Cultural Variation in Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence, Douglas P. Fry & Kaj Björkqvist (Eds.), pp. 173-182. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Myers, Winslow (2009) Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

                      Chapter 8: The Process of Change, pp. 121-131.

Nagler, Michael (2004) The Search for a Nonviolent Future. Novato, CA: New World Library.

                      Chapter 1: Hard Questions, Hard Answers, excerpts from pp. 8-10, 14-17.

                      Chapter 2: Hope in Dark Times, excerpt from pp. 39-40.

                      Chapter 3: No Power to Describe: The “Nonviolent Moment” as Peak Experience, pp. 60-86.


A Force More Powerful (2000) 154 mins

I Have A Dream, speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963) 19 mins (online, YouTube)

Just One Step: The Great Peace March (1989) 87 mins

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) 72 mins

The Danish Solution (2003) 52 mins (online, www.snagfilms.com)