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Academic Online Curriculum on Civil Resistance


An e-library created by the ICNC Academic Team. CURRENTLY OPEN for enrollment after registration on ICNC's online platform. Read below for more information on the e-library, it's content, and resources.

About

Civil resistance as a practice is centuries-old, but still remains relatively unknown among educators, policy makers, civil society professionals, and the media. ICNC has developed this comprehensive Academic Online Curriculum (AOC) on Civil Resistance as a resource to assist with the teaching, practice, and research of civil resistance globally. If you have any questions or comments regarding the AOC or you would like to recommend specific resources to be added to this e-library please contact academicinitiative@nonviolent-conflict.org

Academic Online Curriculum to Facilitate Teaching on Civil Resistance

Why did we develop this content and tool?

Civil resistance as a practice is centuries-old, but as an independent subject for study and teaching it still remains relatively unknown among scholars, educators, and teachers. Because civil resistance is either ignored or not recognized as a field of study that is or should be distinct from the existing and dominant disciplines or their subsets such as security studies, conflict resolution, peace studies, social movements and contentious politics there is a general lack of graduate and undergraduate courses on the subject in academia. Therefore ICNC has developed this universal Academic Online Curriculum as a resource to assist with the teaching, study and research of civil resistance globally.

What is it, how did it come about, and what does it consist of?

The Academic Online Curriculum (AOC) is an evolving platform that encompasses the content derived from the ICNC seminars conducted over the past five years, offered at various academic institutions around the globe. It is also a compilation of the knowledge, experience, and feedback we have acquired from conducting these seminars. This is a multidisciplinary and multidimensional classroom designed to facilitate learning on the part of educators and students. Presented curriculum, though not necessary unitary (each of its sessions can be separately integrated into existing courses), has its own logical progression. It starts from the explanation of basic concepts, characteristics and history of civil resistance, and goes through the essence of what constitutes the core power of civil resistance, namely its strategic planning and repertoires of nonviolent methods, to the interactions between civil resistance movements and external actors, its interplay with domestic and international environments and longer-term processes, moving then to different types of nonviolent struggles and individual cases and ending with the tools for teaching and research on civil resistance, including information on the computer-based People Power game.

Each session consists of six chapters, for easier content navigation of that particular topic:

  • Session Description
  • Learning Objectives and Keywords
  • Audio/Video embedded content
  • Presentation Slides
  • Downloadable readings
  • Offline Publications

To see the AOC table of contents, please click here

How can we stay in touch or collaborate?

We are continually seeking to expand and develop further this platform, and would greatly appreciate your suggestions as to what could be improved, or what materials could be added. You can send your suggestions to us by email at AcademicInitiative@nonviolent-conflict.org or by filling out this short survey on the content and use of this platform.

We continue updating the AOC with new and relevant material, so please feel free to check back frequently.

Other opportunities from ICNC

We would like to encourage you to visit the ICNC website to learn more about available resources for students, educators and scholars as well as activists and organizers.

News and Views on Civil Resistance

ICNC has created a new Nonviolent Conflict News where we collect and compile most relevant and most important news covering civil resistance around the world (so you would not have to :). It is updated twice a week with few dozens of new articles available to the readers weekly. We have also archived many news articles from our previous digest, beginning from 2005, tagged by subject, region and digest issue. We have also launched the new Minds of the Movement blog on "the people and power of civil resistance."

Table of Contents

 

I. Civil Resistance: Nature, Ideas and History

1. Introduction to Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

2. Historical Record of Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

3. Dynamics of Nonviolent Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

4. Skills/Agency vs. Conditions/Structures
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

5. Forgotten History of Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

6. Misconceptions and Controversies
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

II. Strategic Considerations in Civil Resistance Struggles

7. Movement Formation/Citizens’ Awakening/Movement Mobilization
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

8. Coalition Building and Sustaining the Movement
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keyword
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

9. Strategic Planning and Tactical Innovation
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

10. Everyday Resistance as a Strategy for a Political Change
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

11. Leadership and Nonviolent Conflict
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

12. Backfire & Repression
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

13. Dilemma Actions
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

14. Security Divisions
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

15. Cultural Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

16. Negotiations and Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

17. Radical Violent Flank
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

18. Costs and Risks in Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

III. Civil Resistance and its Interplay with Actors, Norms, Processes and Structures

19. Women in Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keyword
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

20. Media and Civil Resistance (Conventional Media)
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

20. Media and Civil Resistance (New Media)
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

21. Technology and Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

22. Third Party and External Actors
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

23. Human Rights and International Law
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

24. Democratic Transition
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

25. Countering Extreme Violence
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

26. Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

IV. Types of Civil Resistance Struggles

27. Self-Determination/Independence Struggles
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

28. Resistance to Coups
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

29. Self-Organized Societies in Unstable Environments
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

30. Movements Against Exploitation of Resources
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

31. Landless People's Movements
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

32. Anti-Corruption Campaigns
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

33. Civil Resistance in Non-Democracies
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

34. Civil Resistance in Democracies
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

35. Civil Resistance Movements that Haven't Succeeded
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

36. Nonviolent Civilian Defense
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications

37. Constructive Resistance/Prefigurative Actions
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Reading
Offline Publications
Discussions

38. Critiques of Civil Resistance and Rejoinders
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications
Discussions


39. Case Studies (Bahrain, Cheran, Mexico, China, Civil Rights Movement, Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Mali, Occupy Movement, Palestine, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Struggles of Native Americans in U.S. and Canada, Syria, Tibet, Tunisia, Ukraine)

V. Game, Research and Curriculum Development
40. The Game of Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Download the Game
Audio/Video
Offline Publications

41. The Future of Research on Civil Resistance
Session Description
Learning Objectives and Keywords
Audio/Video
Presentation Slides
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications
Relevant Links/Websites

42. Teaching on Civil Resistance
Session Description
Syllabi Resources for Educators and Academics
Sample Assignments
Student Papers
Pedagogy and Teaching Civil Resistance
Downloadable Readings
Offline Publications
Miscellaneous Handouts

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