War Abolition 101: How we Create a Peaceful World
How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? What must we understand and know about the war system if we are to dismantle it? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace? These questions and more will be explored in War Abolition 101: How we Create a Peaceful World.
War Abolition 101 is a six week-online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.
Each week of the online course will feature a guest instructor / facilitator from World BEYOND War’s coordinating or advisory committee. These guest instructors will help you to explore weekly topics supported by an online chat room where you are encouraged to dialogue with peers and instructors. The interactions are not live or scheduled. You take part whenever works for you. Optional written assignments are also provided each week for those who wish to earn a certificate.
The cost of the course is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments. A certificate will be provided to those who complete all assignments.
Time commitment / expectations: How much time you spend and how deeply you engage is up to you. At a minimum you can expect to spend between 1-2 hours a week if you only review the weekly content (text and videos). We hope, however, you’ll want to engage in the online dialogue with peers and experts. This is where the real richness of the learning occurs; where we have the opportunity to explore new ideas, strategies and visions for building a more peaceful world. Depending on your level of engagement with the online discussion you can expect to add another 1-3 hours a week. Finally, all participants are encouraged to complete optional written assignments (required to earn a certificate). This is an opportunity to deepen and apply the ideas explored each week to practical possibilities. Expect another 2 hours a week if you pursue these options.
Accessing the course. Prior to the start date, you will be sent instructions for how to access the course.
Course format. The content each week will vary, but will include a mix of text, video, images and audio, plus facilitated online interaction in a chat room. The weekly modules are not live or scheduled. You take part whenever works for you.
Earn a certificate. To earn a certificate, participants must also complete optional weekly written assignments. Instructors and will return the assignment to the student with detailed feedback. Submissions and feedback can be shared with everyone taking the course or kept private between a student and the instructor, at the student’s choice.
A certificate will be provided to those who complete all assignments.
The cost of the course is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments.
Preliminary Course Outline:
Week 1: February 18-24. Introductions / War can be Ended
Week 2: Feb. 25-March 3. War is Immoral / War Destroys Freedom
Week 3: March 4-10. War Impoverishes and Wastes
Week 4: March 11-17. War Destroys Nature / War Endangers
Week 5: March 18-24. There are Alternatives to War / What is an Alternative Global Security System?
Week 6: March 25-31. War Will Not Go Away Unless We Make It / How to Organize for Peace & Justice