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This 7-week online course provides an interactive, in-depth, and evidenced-based perspective on nonviolent civil resistance movements and campaigns. Here are the details:
The course will run from October 1 – November 18, 2021. Applications are due September 8 and participants will be notified of their application status by September 17.
The course will take place on ICNC’s online learning platform, and begin with a live orientation webinar on September 30 that guides admitted participants through signing up, logging in, interacting in the online space, and getting the most out of their online learning.
Participation in the class is not restricted by time zone. Course content, forums, and posts are all accessible to participants at any time of day. Outside of the introductory webinar, people do not have to be online at the same time as others—you will be completely in charge of when you log on to do your work.
Moderators will include selected members from the ICNC staff and select alumni from previous iterations of the course.
The course will involve an international learning community in a number of activities to be completed within specific timeframes, including readings, viewing videos, and active engagement with weekly discussion forums.
The goals of this course are:
Module 1. Introduction to the Course
Welcome and Orientation Webinars • Participant Introductions • Present Knowledge Survey
Module 2. Foundations of Civil Resistance
What Is Civil Resistance? • The Effectiveness of Civil Resistance
Module 3. Cases of Civil Resistance Around the World
National Liberation Cases • Civil Safety/Autonomy Cases • Defense/Expansion of Rights Cases • Public Accountability Cases
Module 4. Strategy and Tactics of Civil Resistance
Analyzing Nashville Lunch Counter Campaign • The Role of Women in Civil Resistance • Strategy and Tactics • Conflict Analysis Tools
Module 5. Repression, Backfire, and Defections
Repression and Backfire • Movement Strategies for Defections
Module 6. Violent Flanks, Agents Provocateurs, and Maintaining Nonviolent Discipline
Violent Flanks • An Inoculation Guide Against Agents Provocateurs • Maintaining Nonviolent Discipline
Module 7. New Frontiers in Civil Resistance Studies
Democratization and Civil Resistance • Civil Resistance against Abusive Corporate Practices • Civil Resistance and Faith Communities • Cultural Resistance
Module 8. Completing the Course
Course Evaluations • Learning Gains Survey
*Course schedule is subject to some minor modifications before the course launches.
We encourage any movement activists, organizers, scholars, educators, members of civil society, policy professionals, and journalists to apply to take this course–if you think the course will help you participate, support, analyze nonviolent peoples’ movements for human rights, political freedom, social justice, and environmental sustainability more effectively.
Every year, we have over 150 people apply for the course. On average, we only accept 50-60 participants. For this class, we are looking for participants from all over the world who:
All participants are expected to spend a minimum of 7–10 hours per week in the online classroom, and should average at least 1 hour per day for the full duration of the course. The course work involves reviewing materials, posting comments about the readings and assigned videos, and responding to other participants’ posts.
Meeting these requirements is essential to the learning experience for all participants. Course content released each week builds on past content; therefore learning is interrupted and ineffective when participation is irregular. In addition, we believe that all of our participants have important contributions to make to the learning experience. Lack of participation and irregular or no posting are therefore a disservice to other participants and may involve removal from the course.
A certificate of completion will be awarded, upon request, to participants who fulfill all requirements for satisfactory completion of the course. This requires:
If requested by a participant and awarded by ICNC, a certificate of completion will be sent by email in PDF format within three weeks after the end of the course.
At this moment, we do not know whether we will be able to run this moderated course again in 2022. It depends on the available funding. Therefore, we encourage you to use the available opportunity and apply for the 2021 Fall course.
Preference in admission will be given to those who can commit fully to the stated course requirements, including a minimum average commitment of 1 hour per day. We cannot guarantee an admission for those who cannot commit to the course requirements though they can still submit their online application for our consideration and add a note regarding how much they can commit to if, for various reasons, they cannot take the full course load.
It is beneficial if most applicants have some level of practical experience or some basic knowledge of nonviolent resistance or both. This will contribute to deeper and more meaningful exchanges and engagements with other students. Having said that, applicants with no prior experience or knowledge of the subject will not be automatically rejected if they demonstrate that the course will be important for them in planning for, launching, or studying civil resistance actions in the short to mid-term time frame.
Here is what previous students for this course advise: