Početna Graduate StudiesMasters degreeGraduate Academic International Studies – MA in Political Science – International StudiesModule: International PoliticsPolicy of Resistance and Civil Disobedience

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Policy of Resistance and Civil Disobedience

  • Study programme/study programmes: Graduate academic international politics – master
  • Type and level of studies: 2nd cycle studies
  • Name of the course: Policy of Resistance and Civil Disobedience
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Ilija G. Vujačić; Vladimir D. Pavićević
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 7
  • Teaching methods:Lectures; exercise; final paper
  • Number of classes: 1+3

Aim and outcome of the course

The course studies the genesis of the concept of civil disobedience as an important element of definition of every modern, democratic state. It deals with antique models, development of the concept through the opus of medieval constitutionalists, up to modern understanding and interpretation of civil disobedience.

The general aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge, competences, skills and analytic tools necessary for independent critical research and consideration of the concept of civil disobedience as an element of the principle of citizenship. Students participating in the course in Theory of Civil Disobedience should acquire the skill of argumented consideration of the basic problems of this field of political theory and the capacity to apply thus obtained knowledge and skills on the analysis of political institutions, orders, ideas, values and problems.

The students are ultimately expected to: (get to) know, understand and be able to use the political concepts of citizen, citizenship and civil disobedience in the analysis of contemporary political problems and orders; recognize/know the ideas of important political philosophers; be able to identify and assess the importance of the main elements and problems of the concept of civil disobedience; improve their capacities and skills of reading and comprehending texts, as well as of oral expression and argumentation.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching
Citizen and freedom: literature, art and the idea of civil disobedience; The idea of civil disobedience in medieval tractates about the fight against tyrant power; The right of rebellion and civil revolutions of the 18th century; Civil disobedience and modern constitutionalism; Civil disobedience in the theory of John Rawls; Concepts of civil disobedience with Rastin and Habermas; Sharp and Friedman: civil disobedience as a form of non-violent resistance; Civil disobedience in action: M. Gandhi (Gandhi, the movie); M. Gandhi’s Satyagraha as a form of civil disobedience; Analysis of civil disobedience with Toro; Analysis of civil disobedience with Walzer; Civil disobedience and political culture
Practical teaching: Exercises, Other modes of teaching, Study research work
a) basic
Aleksandar Molnar, Rasprava o demokratskoj ustavnoj državi, vol. II and III (selected chapters), Samizdat B92, Belgrade, 2001 (120 pages); Džon Rols, Teorija pravde, selected chapters, Službeni list, CID, Belgrade-Podgorica, 1998; (90 pages); Henri Dejvid Toro, O dužnosti građanina da bude neposlušan i drugi eseji, Global book, Novi Sad, 1997 (110 pages)
b) additional
Civil Disobedience, Occasional Paper, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara, California, 1966; Slobodan Jovanović, Iz istorije političkih doktrina, I and II, Prosveta, Belgrade, 1990; Vojislav Stanovčić, Politička teorija, I and II, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2006; Vladimir Pavićević, Teorija građanske neposlušnosti: o pravu građnina da bude neposlušan u odnosu na vlast, in: Zbornik Beogradske otvorene škole, Beogradska otvorena škola, Belgrade, 2001

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 25
  • Colloquium(a) 25
  • Seminar(s) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 30