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ASM5100 - Violences

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Brett Hough


Not offered in 2007


This unit explores violences as a complex set of practices, from a range of disciplinary perspectives although with an overall emphasis on the social sciences. Topic areas covered in any year may include state-sanctioned violences like institutionalised torture and capital punishment; interpersonal violences such as rape and child abuse; and intellectual and political debates over ethics, research methodologies and epistemologies, and issues of representation. This unit will also entail examining violences via cross-cultural perspectives in order to highlight differences and similarities throughout the world.


Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the plural character of the phenomenon 'violences'.
  2. Show a critical awareness of the diversity of understandings of and proffered solutions to violences.
  3. Present a debate or issue central to the project of trying to eliminate violence from social life.
  4. Demonstrate some understanding of the methodological, epistemological, ethical and political issues in researching a form of violence.
  5. Appreciate the relationship of work on violences to the 'crisis in representation' in the social sciences.


Essay (2000 words): 20%
Major projects (5000 words): 60%
Seminar work (2000 words): 20%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 x 1 hour film screening) per week


ANY4100, ASM4100