- 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
- Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Security Studies, Strategic Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Paul Hutchcroft
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.
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:
- Understand different empirical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of state formation and contested political orders
- Develop appropriate conceptual, theoretical, and empirical research methods from political science, political economy, political sociology, and political anthropology
- Compare and analyze variation in processes of state formation and in patterns of contestation over political order, both of which commonly involve very significant levels of violence
- Apply the principles of good research design in developing their own research
- Communicate knowledgeably on a range of topics within the area of state formation and contested political orders
- 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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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent.
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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