• 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 Patrick Guinness
    • Dr Sverre Molland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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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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.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1016 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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