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Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Criminology and Mass Violence

Unit code LAWS31052
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


1 What kind of problem? Context and definitions of mass violence
2 Mass violence and the discipline of Criminology
3 Perpetration I: Integrated Theories
4 Perpetrations 2: Situational Dynamics
5 Victims 1: Towards a victimology of mass violence
6 Victims 2: Bereaved family activism
7 Bystanders: Consent, coercion or indifference?
8 Necrocriminology: State repression; The case of Argentina
9 Necrocriminology: Penology, lynching and capital punishment
10 Responding to and preventing mass violence



The unit aims to:

Establish the potential for a reflexive, interdisciplinary and responsible criminology of mass violence.

Learning outcomes

Understand criminology's historic complicity & silence in genocide studies, apply criminological theory to instances of mass violence.
Draw on complementary ideas from psychology, sociology and penology
Critically assess the nature & worth of the criminological gaze.

Teaching and learning methods

10 X 2 hour lecture/workshop, depending on numbers

10 X 1 hour (OR 5 X 2 hour) seminars studying case studies of mass violence, E.G., (1) The Americas; (2) The Herrero; (3) Armenia; (4) Einsatzgruppen; (5) Auschwitz; (6) The Gulag; (7) Cambodia; (8) Argentina's Disappeared; (9) Bosnia; (10) Rwanda

10 X weekly contact hour

10 X 1 hour on-line activity, possibly WIKI assignment as non-assessed coursework

Assessment methods

100% coursework/portfolio (4000 words)

Recommended reading

' Alvarez, A. (2007). Genocidal Crimes. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Hagan, H and Rymond-Richmond,W (2009) Darfur and the Crime of Genocide. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Cohen, S (2001) States of Denial. Cambridge: Polity Press.
- Staub, E (1992) The Roots of Evil. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jon Shute Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course is restricted to final year students only.

Restricted to BA Criminology and LLB Law with Criminology students only. Other students will be allowed on the course at the discretion of the Course Director Mr Jon Shute.

Pre-requisites: LAWS20412 Explaning Crime and Deviance

see Law School Undergraduate Timetable page

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