Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3211: Nonviolence: Power and Politics

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Nonviolence: The Historical Overview of a rising Concept
  • What is nonviolence? From conceptual monolith to dimensions (defining peace, violence, and nonviolence)
  • Nonviolence: Civil Disobedience, Passive Resistance, and No Resistance
  • Nonviolence and Power: Personal or People Power?
  • Is civil disobedience legitimate?
  • Overthrowing Dictators with Nonviolence
  • Nonviolence as Tool to ‘Democratize Democracy’
  • Nonviolence in the institutions: political parties and policy change
  • Nonviolence as defence and Anti-Terrorism
  • Can nonviolence work in global politics? Evidence from the European Union (Is the EU a credible normative power committed to nonviolence? From the Ventotene Manifesto to the EP resolution on human rights)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities12Lectures will provide key themes
Scheduled learning and teaching activities12Seminars will involve group discussion
Guided independent study46Reading and preparation for seminar discussion
Guided independent study80Research and writing of essay, learning log

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).