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What is peace? What is violence? What does peace look like in your community? How does peace generate peace around the world? Why are there so many stories of nonviolent peace movements? These questions guide the Global Peace course, which is centered around the study of Gandhi’s 4 principles of nonviolence.

Course Units

  • What is the philosophy of nonviolence?

    “all-rising”

    Sub-Guiding Questions:

    • Why is the philosophy of “sarvodaya” the basis of nonviolence?
    • What can my elders teach me about ‘apartheid’?
    • How did the Freedom Riders use sarvodaya to fight ‘segregation’?
    • What freedom songs did the Civil Rights leaders sing?
    • ​What is my sarvodaya Freedom Song?
  • What is the economy of nonviolence?

    “local-economy”

    Sub-Guiding Questions:

    • What is the economy of nonviolence?
    • Why does “swadeshi” provide the economy of nonviolence?
    • Why did Wangari Maathai get a Nobel Peace prize for planting trees?
    • What challenges does a local economy face?
    • How to write a protest letter promoting swadeshi?
  • What are the politics of nonviolence?

    “self-sovereignty”

    Sub-Guiding Questions:

    • How does “swaraj” provide the politics of nonviolence?
    • Why did the Arab World uprise in 2011?
    • How does an uprising spread?
    • How have different Arab countries applied nonviolent actions to uprise?
    • How to constitute self-sovereignty?
  • What is the weapon of nonviolence?

    “insistence on truth”

    Sub-Guiding Questions:

    • Why is “satyagraha” the “weapon” of nonviolence?
    • What can Gandhi teach us about community?
    • How to involve the community in your nonviolent intervention?
    • How to realize a nonviolent intervention?