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Gujarat Vidyapith


Gujarat Vidyapith is a deemed university founded by Mahatma Gandhi. They offer an international course on Gandhian Nonviolence: Theory and Application, which is open to anyone in the world.

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Gujarat Vidyapith


Gujarat Vidyapith is a deemed university founded by Mahatma Gandhi. They offer an international course on Gandhian Nonviolence: Theory and Application, which is open to anyone in the world.

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Overview

The overall purpose of the course is to give its seekers orientation in the theoretical and practical dimensions of Nonviolence as explained and applied by Mahatma Gandhi in his personal and public life. However, the course content will not be limited to the Gandhian framework only; the examples and interpretations of other practitioners of nonviolence will also be relied upon.

We know that the contemporary world is in turmoil. The chief characteristic of the contemporary world is violence; escalating and intensifying violence has become the key defining feature in public life and discourse. Terrorism and war on terrorism mark the worst manifestations of violence and has created a new discourse. Some of the sensitive people in the west even ask: Are we facing End –Time? The more pertinent question, of course, is how we address and get out of the vicious circle of violence. It is here that Gandhi steps in with his message of all-embracing nonviolence or ahimsa.

Program


The course contains three modules:

Module 1: Defining Features of Gandhian Nonviolence

Module 2: Application of Nonviolence: Gandhian Approach

Module 3: Dealing with Conflicts – Conflict Transformation

 

Program


The course contains three modules:

Module 1: Defining Features of Gandhian Nonviolence

Module 2: Application of Nonviolence: Gandhian Approach

Module 3: Dealing with Conflicts – Conflict Transformation

 

Module 1: Defining Features of Gandhian Nonviolence

I

1. Correlation between Truth and Nonviolence – Truth as the end and Nonviolence the mean.

2. Meaning of nonviolence - Ontological, Epistemological and Ethical dimensions of nonviolence – negative and positive dimensions of nonviolence - Gandhi’s emphasis on the positive dimension

II

3. Basic Assumptions: spiritual basis - oneness of life – human nature and nonviolence

4. Nonviolence as Soul Force – invincibility of soul force – atom versus atman – universal applicability of nonviolence.

5. Nonviolence as ‘the law of our being’ – as ‘the law of our species’ and the law/direction of human evolution – History (of human evolution) as the unfolding of progressive nonviolence.

6. Nonviolence, the moral equivalent of the law of gravitation – revolutionary potential of nonviolence – the need for making nonviolence the central organising principle of all life activities.

III

7. Types of nonviolence – principled and strategic nonviolence – nonviolence of the weak and the coward – nonviolence, true/genuine and counterfeit – absolute and existential violence.

IV

8. Nonviolence – Gandhi’s prime concern – why nonviolence – futility of violence and efficacy of nonviolence.

 

module 2: Application of Nonviolence: Gandhian Approach

I

1. Gandhi’s life as a paradigm of nonviolence in action.

II

2. Nonviolence in personal life – as a way of life: intra-personal, inter-personal and ecological/cosmic dimensions.

3. Consolidating the power of nonviolence through personal sadhana – moral/spiritual authority of a nonviolent person – power of authentic nonviolence of an individual developing into an objective social force – its power and potential - examples from history, past and present.

III

4. Organised and collective use of nonviolence – Satyagraha/nonviolent direct action.

5. Basic assumptions and principles of Satyagraha.

6. Variants and techniques of Satyagraha.

7. Universal applicability of Satyagraha – reformative and revolutionary applications.

8. Satyagraha and Constructive Programme in the Gandhian scheme – Gandhian Constructive Programme as illustrative example.

IV

9. Case studies/examples of nonviolent resistances in different countries and situations - paradigmatic satyagrahies/nonviolent fighters.

 

Module 3: Dealing with Conflicts – Conflict Transformation

1. Meaning of Conflict

2. The sources of conflict- political - economic - environmental - historical - cultural - psychological

3. Analysis of conflict- actors – causes- issues, scope and stage of the conflict- power resources and relationships – stakeholders – facilitators- spoilers

4. Conflict- different phases- Conflict Prevention and early warning- ripeness

5. Problem –solving, including workshop approach in protracted conflicts

6. Negotiations – positions and interests- negotiating style – principled negotiationelements of Gandhian style negotiations- negotiating with difficult people

7. Third Party Intervention – Types of Third Party Intervention – Mediation- prescriptive vs. elicitive approaches

8. Thomas – Killman’s Five Conflict Styles 9. Satyagraha and Conflict Transformation

10. Conflict Transformation- Reconciliation- Truth, Justice, Mercy and Forgiveness

11. Essential skills – analyzing, communicating clearly, synthesizing, listening, drafting, inventing new options- cultural sensitivity- anger management etc.

 

Location


Gujarat Vidyapith is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Location


Gujarat Vidyapith is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India