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HIST 2090 - Violence in the Modern Western World

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: Quiz 10%, Small group seminar task 15%, Essay 35%, Exam 40%

This course will address understandings of violence across different moments in modern western society, and consider how expressions and definitions of violence have changed over time. Drawing upon examples over the last two centuries, the course will introduce students to some of the military, interpersonal and judicial contexts in which violence has been conceptualised; some of the roles it has played in maintaining, legitimating and challenging relations of power; and some of the ways that changing understandings of violence have influenced the meanings of crime and punishment. In doing so, the course will focus upon a set of interrelated issues about how violence can be theorised, including: debates about whether and when violence might be justified; the legal boundaries of warfare; the consequences of technological change on the capacity for mass violence; debates about the legitimacy of judicial violence, particularly in relation to corporal and capital punishment; shifting social visibility relating to offenders and victims of interpersonal violence; and the question of how societies respond to the aftermaths of violence.

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
28556 LEC0 120 51 No details available
Note: Online Lecture
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21738 SE03 40 9 30 Jul - 17 Sep Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
8 Oct - 29 Oct Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
21740 SE01 40 2 29 Jul - 16 Sep Monday 2pm - 4pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 28 Oct Monday 2pm - 4pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room