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Violence - Is it a mere continuation of politics by other means?!

Workshop on Violence - an Introduction

6 Meetings on Mondays

14, 21, 28 June and 12, 19, 26 July

09.30 - 11.00 CET

Application Deadline Sunday 07 Jun 2021


What is the course about? - Violence - an Introduction

The workshop will provide a first overview on different political aspects of violence including its variations such as (passive) aggressive behaviour and (civil-)war. As the workshop is an introduction to the topic of violence it will focus on a number of specific forms of violence such as the violence monopoly of the state and war as well as economic violence. In addition, the relation between gender and violence is addressed and how this might affect violent acts on a personal level. Finally, the workshop will tackle forms of resistance including the widespread call for non-violent forms of communication and protest.


Which learning outcomes are addressed? - Analyzing and democratizing societal structures

The participants of this workshop will jointly analyse how violence is deeply rooted at the core of our societal structures including existing habits and actions that help to uphold these structures. For this, the participants will experientially examine their stances on violence. Based on this analysis, the participants develop an understanding of how violence constitutes our modern societies in almost all aspects and it is this analysis that will enable the participants to identify pathways which induce change within groups and societies as well as across them. 


Which questions are addressed? - Is violence a mere continuation of politics by other means?!

What is the relation between violence and the political? - What is the relation between conflict and violence? - Is the (national) state the reason for violence or is it there to protect people from violence? - Is violence legitimate and if yes, in which cases? - What are reasons and symptoms for violence and how do we tend to confuse the one with the other? - Who is harming whom with violence with which means and for which end? - Who is the violent offender and who is the victim of violence? Is this differentiation always so clear? - What are possible countermeasures against violence and how to implement them? - Why is the call for non-violent forms of communication and protest so popular?

How is it taught? - high engagement and interaction between the participants

The 20 participants of the workshop are actively involved in this digital workshop again and again. Unlike many digital formats, this workshop lives from interactivity - dare to show yourself and contribute to the conduction of the entire course through individual, small and large group work as well as group-dynamic activities - only few lectures will be given. The workshop is based on the Betzavta method of the Adam Institut. Therefore, the participants will unveil the competing tendencies that exist within each of us, both for and against democratic principles - thus transforming an external conflict into an internal dilemma, which enables us to act and to change the context in which we act.


When? - Mondays - 09.30 > 11.00 CET - Starting 14 Jun 2021 - 6 Meetings

The workshop takes place Mondays from 09.30 to 11.00 CET. It comprises 6 meetings on 14, 21, 28 June and 12, 19, 26 July 2021. There is no meeting on 05 July. In order to allow for a joint learning process, the participants should be able to attend all meetings.


Where? - International video conference held in English

The workshop will take place through a video conference based on Zoom. Therefore, please make sure that you are able to participate with video and audio. Offering the workshop online allows for an international workshop, therefore the spoken language will be English and international participants are especially invited to participate.


Who can attend? - 20 Students from all over the world - Participation is free of charge

The course is open to students who are currently enrolled at any university or vocational school as well as persons who have recently graduated. The number of participants is limited to 20 as this allows for a good interaction/exercises/discussion within the groups and within the plenary. The participation is free of charge.


How to apply? - Short motivational letter until 06 June - Decision on 07 June 2021

Due to an IT-Hack at TU Berlin it is currently not possible to provide an application form. So please, write an email to Andre.Baier@tu-berlin.de until Sunday, 06 June 2021, and describe in some sentences 1) who you are, 2) why you want to participate, 3) if you will be able to participate at all dates or which dates you will miss and 4) if you have the technical capacity/willingness to show yourself in a videoconference. We will select the participants in such a way as to ensure a broad diversity of all participants and send out the selection results by Monday, 07 June 2021


Will there be a certificate of participation? - Yes.

We will issue a certificate to everyone who continually participated in the workshop. For university students: The participation will not be credited with ECTS points.


Who organises the workshop? - Critical Sustainability and Adam Institute

The workshop is jointly organised by Dr.-Ing. André Baier who coordinates the Sustainability Certificate for Students at TU Berlin and offers the series of TINS_D courses including the course on Critical Sustainability as well as Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman who has developed the Betzavta Method and who was part of the team that funded the Adam Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently she is directing it.




Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

The Adam Institute is an Israeli non-profit, educational organization that works to create a culture of peace, mutual respect, tolerance and co-existence across religious, ethnic and national groups in Israeli society and the region. The organization’s Hebrew name “Adam”, meaning “human”, was chosen based on the founders’ understanding that human equality is the basis for leading a life centered on the values of democracy and peace.

The Adam Institute has published numerous books, training manuals, and periodicals, in both Hebrew and Arabic (some translated and published in English, German and Polish). It has received several notable awards for promoting democracy and tolerance including the award of the Speaker of the Knesset and the Shimon Peres Prize from the German Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum (DIZF).





Sustainability Certificate for Students - s certificate

The inter- and transdisciplinary-oriented certification program offers students the possibility to incorporate an individual focus on sustainability into their regular study programs, thus enabling them to acquire the competencies conferred by a higher education program in sustainability. Additionally, the program aims to bring together students within the TU Berlin with a particular interest in sustainability, thus promoting an exchange of ideas beyond the classroom. The course "Critical Sustainability" is the compulsory module of the Sustainability Certificate for Students. The course provides a digital space to learn, reflect, discuss and take action together. The participants will jointly analyze existing power relations as well as society-nature relations and democratize them - the Betzavta Method is incorporated in the course design.




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