The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will explore aspects of human violence in world history from pre-history to the present. Major topics to be addressed within this overview include: Inter-personal violence; state violence; crime and criminality; sexual violence; religious and ritual violence; warfare; massacre and genocide; theories and thinkers of violence; and representations of violence in film and literature.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the key issues in the history of violence

2. Analyse and reflect upon a variety of historical source materials

3. Develop an understanding of the different theories and approaches to the study of the history of violence

4. Synthesise primary and secondary source material in oral and written form


The course examines themes such as the origins of conflict, religion, ritual and violence, intimate and gendered violence, warfare, ethnic, racial and nationalist violence, violence, the State and the justice system, Empire, Revolution, social change, popular protest and resistance, and representations and constructions of violence.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Two written assignments

In Term Test: Class test

Participation: Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement