What is the course about?
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin, their background, or religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Adapted from Nelson Mandela.
This course is a chance to explore the practical, moral and philosophical challenges we face, when trying to promote peace in the world. Starting with questions of how comfortable we are in our own skins, we will then explore some of the causes of conflict between people before looking at strategies for conflict resolution.
Having looked at strategies to resolve conflict in our personal environments, we can then discuss some of the dilemmas faced when trying to make the world a safer and more peaceful place, for everyone.
What will we cover?
The course will cover three aspects of peace; peace within ourselves, peace with each other and how we can prevent or resolve conflict. These ideas can then be applied to the issues of larger scale conflict and how we see ourselves in relation to conflict at the national level. Can we make a difference? If so, how?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. recognise personal approaches to conflict resolution,
2. identify strategies to promote peaceful resolution in conflict situations,
3. discuss some of the international causes of conflict current in the world.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course complements the course in the morning, “In pursuit of peace: women and the peace movement in Britain from the Crimean War to Greenham Common.” It is also free-standing and can be taken on its own.
The course is designed for beginners or intermediate learners with little or no experience of the material. It will appeal to all those who would like to find out about pacifism. It is anticipated that participants will come to the course with an open mind and be respectful to others, even if their views may be very different to your own.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Powerpoint presentations and handout texts will be introduced by the tutor. The course will consist of introductions to the material by the tutor, followed by discussions of emerging issues in small and large groups by participants.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. You might like to bring notetaking materials if you plan to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see www.citylit.ac.uk for the full range of religion and belief courses.