Belgrade University


CANVAS started a joint graduate program at Faculty of Political Science at Belgrade University in January 2008. Until December 2009. course had two generation of students. Name of this course is Strategies and Methods of Nonviolent Social Change and is the first certified course dedicated to Strategic Nonviolent struggle based on CANVAS Core Curriculum.


Presenters: Courses are taught by CANVAS representatives Slobodan Djinovic, Srdja Popovic, Zivorad Andjelkovic, as well as by PhD Cedomir Cupic, PhD Zoran Stoiljkovic, PhD Slavisa Orlovic and PhD Vukasin Pavlovic from the Faculty of Political Science. Additional presenters in these two years were John A. Gould, Associate Professor of Political Science, The Colorado College, Kurt Schock, Associate Professor of Global Affairs, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, Janet Cherry Senior Lecturer/Research Associate, Development Studies Department, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and some formal activists from nonviolent struggles in the Philippines and Georgia. Content: The studies include the following six courses:


  1. Political Power
  2. Social Conflicts – types, causes and solution models
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Managing Political Campaigns
  5. Methods and Tactics of Non-violent Struggle
  6. Challenges in the Process of Building Democracies


This course has become one of the most popular courses at Faculty of Political Science, averaging 25 students compared to the University’s typical 15 student class average. Some of our students from the first year of studies, those with the highest marks, have actually gone on to come and work for CANVAS as managers and administrators.  The average  age of students is 28 years coming from various fields: media, political parties, NGOs, public institutions, government.

Since 2012, this course has become a Master degree program accredited at Belgrade University. Below is a brief description of the subjects CANVAS teaches below.




First semester – besides one compulsory course, the students may select three courses from the group of elective courses


– Political power

– Conflict and dialogue

– Politics of resistance and civil disobedience

– Institutions and corruption

– Parliamentarism

– Political parties and elections

– Institutionalism and neoinstitutionalism

– Globalization and Contemporary Society


Second semester – besides one compulsory course, students may select three courses from the group of elective courses


– Political and civic change strategies – Slobodan Djinovic


  1. Nonviolent conflicts and change
  2. Basic misconceptions on nonviolent action
  3. Strategy and basic principles of success
  4. Strategy study case: Ghandi and Klauzevitz
  5. First step: Developing a vision of tomorrow
  6. Resource of political power
  7. Pillars of support
  8. Planning tools: Power graph
  9. Planning tools: Plan format
  10. Methods of planning: Strategic Assessment (4 classes)
  11. Contaminants to the struggle and security awareness
  12. Coalition: The importance and the process of building
  13. Negotiating styles and strategies
  14. Organization and management by support from side
  15. The role of fear in the non-violent struggle in conditions of repression


– Morality and Politics

– Civil Society and Trade Unions

– The political life of Serbia

– Management of non-violent campaigns – Zivorad Andjelkovic


  1. Social movements (4 classes)
  2. Management of political campaigns and management of movement
  3. Developing leadership and its basic principles
  4. Introduction to the political campaign
  5. The role of analytics and research methods in public opinion
  6. Usmerena komunikacija i pojam poruke Directional communication and the concept of messages
  7. Public action’s
  8. Sure votes – concept, importance and management model
  9. Campaign Resources
  10. Managing material resources
  11. Managing human resources
  12. Managing time
  13. Staff Organization in political and social campaigns
  14. Planiranje policike kampanje: Standardni format plana Planning political campaign: Standard Plan Format
  15. Political Campaign Planning: Planning Calendar


– Methods and tactics of non-violent action – Srdja Popovic


  1. Nonviolent action and conflict: history and basic principles
  2. Political power: role, models, sources and manifestations
  3. Obedience and participation
  4. Mechanisms of political change
  5. Mechanisms and tactics in nonviolent change: meaning, role and types
  6. Choice and Cost-Benefit analysis of tactics
  7. Theory and elements of propaganda directed communication
  8. Types and models of advertising and targeted communications
  9. Development of communications plans and SETI model determining communication objectives
  10. The methods and tactics, targeted communications
  11. Dilemma action
  12. Tactical innovation and the impact of modern technology in the social campaign
  13. Case Study: Barack Obama Campaign 2008, and the Internet revolution in Iran 2009th
  14. Special tactics in conditions of fear and repression
  15. Special tactics in working with security forces
  16. Negotiating styles and tactics


– Consolidation of democracy in post-communist societies

– Analysis of public policies