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PACS6909: Cultures of Violence

This unit examines the causes and consequences of different types of violence, including war, genocide, terrorism, gender-based violence and violence associated with racial, ethnic or religious tensions. Psychosocial theories along with sociocultural, political, economic and legal factors will be considered in explaining the character and prevalence of these different types of violence. We will explore how violence has been defined and tolerated historically, along with the interconnections between direct, structural and cultural violence creating cycles of violence and ‘cultures of violence’ in local, national and international settings.

Code PACS6909
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the historical context of how attitudes towards different types of violence have changed over time
  • LO2. appreciate the role of cultural, social and political context in shaping the nature and prevalence of violence
  • LO3. understand psychological theories of individual and group behaviour that help to explain the prevalence of 'cultures of violence'
  • LO4. demonstrate relevant academic skills including independent research, critical analysis, documentation of sources and construction of a persuasive argument
  • LO5. recognise the role of social responsibility in the prevention of violence and promotion of nonviolent alternatives.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.