Violence and Social Order

Course code SOCA3240Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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 violence. Specific topics covered will vary from year to year.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe course will introduce students to key thinkers and ethnographic texts concerned with the
study of violence and its relationship to culture and social structure. Students will become
familiar with a wide variety of contemporary theories employed in the arts and humanities to
study social conflicts. The course will provide students with a solid basis for doing future
Honours and postgraduate work in anthropology. The reliance on essays and tutorial papers
will help to develop writing skills in students, which includes the ability to clearly present
arguments and criticisms. By taking students historically through major ethnographies, the
lectures and tutorials will teach students different methodologies theories of interpretation,
and forms of data collection and analysis.
Content1. 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.
Replacing Course(s)SOCA2640 - Violence and Social Order
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SOCA2640 Violence and Social Order are not eligible to enrol.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial paper worth 20%, 1000 words.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2 worth 40%, 2,500 words due end of semester.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 worth 40%, 2,500 words due mid-semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term