Violence (HIH3632)

30 credits

This module explores the social and cultural histories of collective violence, focusing on the act of violence itself. Through comparisons across time along with engaging with the extensive theorization  of violence offered by different social sciences, the module will examine why violence has taken particular forms and rituals, what it has meant to perpetrators and victims, and the limits placed on violence by formal and informal rules and practices. The module will explore the roles of religion, ethnicity, group dynamics and gender, phenomena ranging from riots and massacres to the duel, as well as the halting of violence through surrender or negotiation. The module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways and there are no prerequisite modules.