Violence and Social Order

Course code SOCA3240
Not available in 2015

Description

This course will explore the social and cultural origins of violence in the modern world. It will employ a comparative perspective that studies violence in both Western and non-Western societies. Ethnographic and historical examples will be used to explore the function of violence in various specific social and cultural contexts. A major focus will be the emergence of particular cultures of violence, that is, the systems of meaning that create, emerge out of and underpin forms of violence. Specific topics covered will vary from year to year.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Become familiar with a wide variety of contemporary theories employed in the arts and humanities to study social conflict

2. Ddevelop writing skills in students, which includes the ability to clearly present arguments and criticisms.

Content

  1. Theories of how violence operates.
  2. Theories of the social and cultural contexts that generate and sustain violence.
  3. Classic ethnographic studies on the functions of violence and genocide.
  4. Contemporary ethnographic studies of violence and its relationship to modernity.
  5. Cultures of violence.

Assumed Knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

Essay: Essay 2

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term