Reflecting on Violence
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Demonstrate knowledge of key theories and findings in the field of violence studies.
- Apply theories to contemporary social problems.
- Formal presentation of academic analysis.
- • What is violence? Recognised and hidden forms of harm, media constructions of violent crime.
- • Controversies and disagreements – gun ownership, corporal punishment.
- • Violence against children.
- • Gender based violence: violent masculinities, sexual assault, and intimate violence.
- • Structural violence – inequalities, environmental dangers, and social injustice.
Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two Law, Rights and Social Justice or Humanities and Social Sciences subjects.
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This subject examines competing accounts of violence in the academic research, mass media, and everyday conversation. It asks why the news media focuses on extreme cases of violence, and how this produces social panics around particular problems while concealing other more serious issues. It shows how patterns of everyday talk about violence cause people to worry about specific risks to their safety and not others, and why anxieties about violence often lead to demands for certain kinds of law enforcement. The subject explores how accounts of violence in even non-scholarly cultural forms like films and television series, are actually based on complex underlying theories of psychology and society. Even in apparently neutral and objective academic research, it reveals a range of unrecognised assumptions that shape how we understand the world. The subject includes a focus on violence and gender, examining changing ways of understanding sexual and intimate-partner violence, and exploring issues of masculinity and violence.
- Reflective essay (1200 words). (30%)
- Tutorial presentation and participation (400 word equivalent). (10%)
- Weekly quiz on prescribed materials (800 word equivalent). (20%)
- Critical analysis essay (1600 words). (40%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.