Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3211: Nonviolence: Power and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will introduce you the range of political and institutional contexts in which nonviolence is used in contemporary world, giving you a balanced set of arguments and case studies on the basis of which you will develop your own understanding of this topic. We will explore where nonviolence comes from, how it was developed in different contexts, and how it is used today in different parts of the world.


The module will encourage you to reflect on the relation between nonviolence and policy change, and between nonviolence and power politics. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. understand and critique the foundations and the dimensions of nonviolence and the logic behind its effectiveness;
2. demonstrate knowledge of the political/empirical contexts in which nonviolence is used today and be able to compare the cases illustrated throughout the module;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. explain in detail and apply to specific cases key theories, models and concept related to nonviolence
4. identify, analyse, critique and compare different strategies by using the tools of comparative politics.
Personal and Key Skills5. communicate effectively in speech and writing
6. construct well-structured and rigorous arguments on the basis of comparison of different case studies.