Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Criminology and Mass Violence
|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.
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
100% coursework/portfolio (4000 words)
' 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.
|Independent study hours|
|Jon Shute||Unit coordinator|
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