Cultures of Violence (PACS6909)


This unit will study the cultural contexts, origins, meaning and leading varieties of 'violence' in the modern world. How violence has been defined historically, its character and prevalence in different times and places, and changes in public perceptions, media presentation, tolerance, prevention and prosecution will be examined. Topics such as violence in the home, sport, public protest, sexual and racial relations, terrorism, genocide, warfare, youth culture and the criminal justice system will be considered.

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1x2-hr seminar/week or equivalent intensive


seminar participation (15%) and 2x750wd seminar papers (15%, 20%) and 3500wd essay (50%)

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