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ASS329 - Anthropology of Crime and Violence

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Gillian Tan

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: ASS229
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

Content

Violence and crime, their forms and controls, are fundamental to human social existence and are central to theories regarding the nature of humanity, society and the state. The anthropology of crime and violence addresses these points from a comparative cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis is given to the situational nature of violence and human conflict with case studies of warfare, state-based violence, sexual violence, genocide and ethnic conflict.

A key proposition in this subject is that attempts to define human violence as an aspect of a transcendental human nature -- an element of humanity as a whole -- tend to conflate specific instances with laboratory-like definitions. Instead, the unique social, cultural and historical situations must be grasped in all their complexity before we can generalise about the nature of human types. In the same way, the issue of what constitutes crime in a cross-cultural framework must commence with a broad grasp of the social and cultural context.

Assessment

Campus:

Class and Online exercises 20%

Online quizzes 20%

Essay 40%

Literature review 20%

 

Cloud (online):

Class and Online exercises 20%

Online quizzes 20%

Essay 40%

Literature review 20%

Unit Fee Information

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