• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sverre Molland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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All societies experience violence in some form, and this course considers violence as a social phenomenon across a range of historical and contemporary settings. Key questions include: is there such a thing as violent culture? Is group identity always violent? In approaching violence from an anthropological perspective, the course emphasises concerns of meaning, representation and symbolism. A central theme concerns the role violence plays in establishing, maintaining and transforming social order. To this end, students will examine subtle forms of violence perpetrated by national and global institutions alongside explicit acts of bodily harm occurring in violent conflicts. A vital aspect of the course involves theorising the relation of the modern state to practices of violence and identity. Students will also consider the position of the researcher in witnessing and writing about violence, and the challenges, ethical dilemmas, dangers and responsibilities involved in such research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will consider cross-cultural understandings of violence and examine the use of violence by state and non-state agents. Students will consider various attempts to make peace in the light of these understandings of why violence occurs.

Indicative Assessment

Two 500 word tutorial reading response papers (20%), 1,000 word critical book review (25%), 2,200 word research essay (40%) and participation (15%).

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Workload

2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Archaeology (ARCH) or Anthropology (ANTH) or History (HIST) or Political Science (POLS) or Sociology (SOCY) Courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6516. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6030 28 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 07 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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