- Code POLS8043
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Political Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Paul Kenny
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This class will give students a look into the murky and ambivalent relationship between violence and political order, from the historical origins of the state to the violent breakdown of political order today. Most theories of political order begin with the perspective that state institutions set limits on the legitimate use of violence and so control the violent tendencies of an anarchic society. Yet state building is itself a deeply violent process. Moreover the state continues to be a prolific user of violence. Aside from the obvious case of war between states, both democratic and authoritarian states engage in varying levels of everyday violence. In some cases, this violence is perceived as legitimate, as in the use of imprisonment as a punishment for criminal activity. In other cases, states transgress norms of legitimate violence, engaging in activities such as torture, sexual violence, and even ethnic cleansing. This course will cover topics including state building, torture, civil war, and crime and punishment. We will read work from political science, political economy, political sociology and political theory. This is a reading intensive seminar.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Understand different empirical and theoretical approaches to the analysis violence and political order
2. Develop appropriate conceptual, theoretical, and empirical research methods from political science, political sociology, and political theory;
3. Compare and analyze variation in types of political violence;
4. Apply the principals of good research design in developing their own research.
5. Communicate knowledgeably on range of topics within the area of violence and political order.
1. Critical Discussion (10%) [LO 1,5]
2. Reading response papers (40%) [LO 1,2,3]
3. Research Proposal/Paper (50%) [LO 3,4,5]
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2-hour weekly lecture (x12), 1-hour weekly tutorial (x 12). 7 hours personal study: Extensive reading (100-250 pages per week). Weekly written assignments (8/12 weeks). 1 major written assignment (5,000 words).
Pachirat, T. (2011). Every twelve seconds : industrialized slaughter and the politics of sight. New Haven, Yale University Press.
Kalyvas, S. N. (2006). The Logic of Violence in Civil War. Cambridge; New York, Cambridge University Press.
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