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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Pre-requisites

72 credit points in any university course

Co-requisites

N/A

Anti-requisites

N/A

Unit aim

Introduces students to the origins and pathways of state violence and the response to that violence. Provides students with an opportunity to analyse and critique the way that the state’s reliance on its subjects recognising and responding to its violence renders the state vulnerable to other readings and other responses. Encourages students to think critically about how the question of race is frequently bound up with state violence.

Unit content

1. Course introduction

2. Political Theories of State Violence

3. Race and State Violence

4. Literary and theoretical engagements with State Violence

  1. Ancient Greek renditions

  2. Early modern renditions

  3. Contemporary stories of state violence

5. Resisting State Violence

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Analyse the explanatory models for state violence, its origins and its modes of expression
2 Analyse and engage with literary and theoretical accounts of state violence in different contexts.
3 Apply theories of race and the way it intersects with questions of state violence and authority
4 Critically analyse and distinguish between various modes of resistance to state violence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the explanatory models for state violence, its origins and its modes of expression
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  2. Analyse and engage with literary and theoretical accounts of state violence in different contexts.
    • GA1:
  3. Apply theories of race and the way it intersects with questions of state violence and authority
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  4. Critically analyse and distinguish between various modes of resistance to state violence
    • GA1:
    • GA4: