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The Civil Rights Movement and the Philosophy of Non-Violent Protest FLEX

This course analyzes how humans responded to injustice, focusing its lens on the civil rights movement and in particular forms of non violent protest and civil disobedience.
Kirsten Bowman JD
691 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 29 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
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per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

The purpose of these lessons is to help students

Understand the philosophy of nonviolence
Understand nonviolence in practice
Explore how the philosophy and practice of nonviolence played out during various moments in the civil rights movement
Understand how the philosophy and practice of nonviolence can inform contemporary struggles against injustice and violence
Critically compare and contrast nonviolent forms of social injustice movements with other types of protest
I am a human rights lawyer and have engaged in this material for decades.  As well, I have taught this theory at the University level, in law school and now on Outschool for the past two years in the Live version of this class.  
There will be homework assigned each week based on the materials given. Learners will present their homework in class and engage in online discussion and debate.  Beyond the weekly homework, there will be one final project to be posted for critical analysis from all the learners.   
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Mature themes involving civil rights, protest and civil action will be discussed throughout the course.  The final course will introduce to the learners other forms of protest, which may include more violent forms, in order to compare and contrast the various methods used to achieve social change. 


Kirsten Bowman JDHuman Rights Lawyer, Advocate and Professor
691 total reviews
377 completed classes

About Me

I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. 

I have travelled the world working for the UN as a... 
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