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Violence Studies Minor

Study a Violence Studies minor at the University of Newcastle

The Violence Studies minor was developed and designed in response to the unresolved global challenges of violence, inequity and conflict. The vital role that Arts and Social Sciences play in addressing these problems is grounded in educating the next generation about the impact of violence on individuals, communities and societies.

This new Minor has been designed so that your studies are underpinned by both interdisciplinary coursework experiences and research-led learning. You will have the options to study the history of violence in the ancient and modern worlds and the impact of colonial violence upon indigenous peoples. Students will also learn to apply political and sociological theory to real world case studies.

The interdisciplinary nature of your learning draws on other majors in the arts and humanities such as:

  • Global Indigenous Studies
  • Ancient History
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Politics

What jobs can you get with a minor in Violence Studies?

Violence Studies is an interdisciplinary minor which develops highly transferable work-ready skills. Your courses are designed for you to improve your critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and organisational skills, which can be applied across various fields dealing with these contemporary issues.

You could find work in sectors such as:

  • Business and commerce
  • Law
  • Politics and governmental administration
  • Education
  • Research and analysis
  • Journalism
  • Media production

As a graduate of the Violence Studies minor, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to confidently navigate, engage and address changing geopolitical and socio-cultural landscapes.

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:

    A sociology and anthropology major gives students an understanding of the dynamics of society and examines social order, social institutions and social change.
  • An interest in studying the politics, history and social impacts of war, conflict and violence.
  • Goals to apply their study to a diverse range of potential careers.
  • A commitment to understanding the causes of violence to research and develop solutions to violent situations.

What do you learn in a Violence Studies minor?

Violence Studies is a minor offering students a unique interdisciplinary study pathway. You’ll have the opportunity to study courses in:

  • The History of War: Students can study the history of warfare in the modern world. You’ll learn about the impact of war upon Australian society and also focus upon case studies from international conflicts. These include Fascism and Genocide in World War II, and the long lasting impacts of frontier warfare upon indigenous peoples.
  • Violence and Politics: These two spheres have been intertwined since the ancient world. Political action is often carried out or responded to with violence, and an act of violence can be political. Courses in politics will allow students to consider this relationship using real world case studies.
  • Crime and Drug Violence: This component of the Violence Studies minor focuses on sociological theory, and its application to the study of violence. You will learn how drug, alcohol and crime violence affect different sectors of society, and representations in a variety of media forms.

Which degrees include a Violence Studies minor?

You can study the Violence Studies minor if you are undertaking one of the following degrees at the University of Newcastle:

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