The philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi: his message to the modern world
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
We will explore his life, message and legacy. We will also consider what Gandhi may have said of our 21st Century challenges.
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Course Code: HP179
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Mahatma Gandhi’s messages are profound and based both on his lived experience and intellectual power. His views on truth seeking and non-violent action have inspired many, particularly in the civil rights movements.
Albert Einstein said of Gandhi, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.”
We will explore Gandhi’s life (1869-1948), his message and legacy. We will also consider what Gandhi may have said of our 21st Century challenges including the emergence of nationalism and consumerism and world challenges in climate change and the role of technology.
The course will be interactive with a chance for discussion on Gandhi’s philosophy and its modern relevance. Reading will be provided to students.
What will we cover?
¿ Gandhi’s experience in India, South Africa and the UK.
¿ His personal Philosophy and its basis from Hinduism, Jainism, and Christianity
¿ His message in today’s world: Do they stand the test of time in providing meaning to emergent world issues?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- State the key elements and experiences in Gandhi’s life
- Explain Gandhi’s’ personal philosophy and its development
- Reflect on Gandhi’s message and relevance to the modern world.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
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 more about Gandhi. It is anticipated that participants will come to the course with an open mind and be respectful to others of all faiths/philosophies or none.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Virtually - video, presentations, virtual group exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. You might like to have a notebook and pen handy if you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in HRS47 - An introduction to comparative Indian religions, in August 2022.
Ketan Varia has a keen interest in philosophy and spirituality. Ketan teaches courses in Indian Philosophy and Religion. He is of the Jain faith and has taught children and adults for over 15 years, about Jain philosophy, principle and practise. He has visited many places of pilgrimage and history in India over the last 20 years. Ketan in his main profession is a management consultant and supports complex organisations in change management, operational excellence and creativity.
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.