India Studies | Non-Violence: Struggle for Freedom
E103 | 0080 | Gerald Larson


What do we mean by the notion of "violence"? Can non-violence be
applied as a universal principle? What counts as "non-violence"? Is
non-violence pacifism? How is non-violence as an ethical principle
different from non-violence as a political strategy?

In addition to studying the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, and such
Indian texts as the "Bhagavad Gita" (Song of the Lord), the course
will also compare and contrast Indian notions of non-violence used by
Martin Luther King, Jr. in the American civil rights movement, and
such recent developments as the role of non-violence in ending the
"Cold War" (in Poland, Eastern Europe, and so forth).

This course is crosslisted with the Religious Studies Department, and
fulfills COAS (AHTI) distribution credit.