Fall 2020 - HIST 463W D100

Rebellion and Revolution: Topics in the Theory and Practice of Resistance (4)

Peaceful & Violent Resistance

Class Number: 4216

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



Explores ideas, people, and movements of social criticism and social justice, stressing history as a way to understand and engage the present. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 463W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for HIST 412 or HIST 412W cannot take HIST 463W for further credit when offered with the course topic "Marxism." Writing.


This course will examine the role of both violent and peaceful resistance, as well as the ways in which governments attempt to silence and quell such movements. The scope is necessarily global and inter-disciplinary, with a focus on the modern period. Discussions will revolve around the formation of violent insurgencies and terrorist organisations, the process of peaceful resistance in social movements, the practice of counterinsurgency, the roles of memory of violent and non-violent conflict, the purpose of violence in rebel movements, and the development of post-conflict societies. From left-wing social movements to right-wing extremism, from 19th-century rebel groups in the Balkans to the Islamic State and beyond, this course will help students understand the tumultuous moments that embrace our society. With the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter protests amid COVID-19, this course aims to situate the events within their correct historical contexts to show the ways in which such movements operate, can get co-opted, succeed or be destroyed.


  • Participation 10%
  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Reflections (8x5%) 40%
  • Final Paper 30%


Fall 2020 Note:

The course will be delivered online due to COVID-19 and will include both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) instruction. The synchronous components will include the weekly discussions and workshopping the paper proposal. Lectures will be delivered asynchronously to maximise access to the course materials. Students will also be given the opportunity to decide individually whether they want to present their final papers synchronously or as an uploaded video to Canvas. Students will be required to be available for 1-2 hours per week for discussions, group work, peer editing and other course-related purposes. Note, there will be no discussion the first week of the semester.



All materials will be distributed via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).