Pacifism: the moral and philosophical dilemmas in the twenty-first century

Course Dates: 16/07/22 - 23/07/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Few people enjoy living with violence in society, but not many of us are prepared to identify as pacifists. What dilemmas do we face, when trying to adopt more peaceful practices?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

Course Code: HRS30

Sat, day, 16 Jul - 23 Jul '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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 for the full range of religion and belief courses.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce was born into a Quaker family, sent to a Quaker secondary school, and emerged into the adult world, largely ignorant of whatever it meant to be a Quaker and with no interest in exploring it further. Despite this lack of understanding, when a number of major life challenges piled up twenty five years later, it was to the Quakers that Bruce turned, looking for a group of people who could be relied on to provide honest, non-judgement feedback and support. This led, in time, to becoming a member and in turn to a deep involvement with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Although Bruce still regards himself as agnostic, he recognises that there is much in life that is not explained by science and being open to these things can enhance our ablitiy to fully experience and therefore appreciate life.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.