ANTH 2036 - Anthropology of Violence and Crime

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

The course addresses issues, instances and everyday lived experiences of violence and crime in human societies from a comparative anthropological perspective. The course draws on a wide variety of examples, including global conflicts and state violence, virtual and technologically mediated warfare, gang violence, processes and politics of criminalisation, human trafficking and organised crime, intimacies of violence including gendered, family/ domestic and sexual violence, migration and displacement, terrorism, the politics of legitimate and illegitimate violence, collective memories of suffering, and transitional justice. Case studies are drawn from various regions and countries, including but not limited to, Afghanistan, Latin America, Rwanda, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, El Salvador, Peru, southeast Asia, and Nepal. This course introduces students to core themes in the anthropology of violence and crime that include, violence and identity/subjectivity; terror, pain and suffering; war, technology and visual culture; fear, threat and sorcery; and organised crime and global governance.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 2036
    Course Anthropology of Violence and Crime
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible ANTH 2024 or ANTH 3024
    Course Description The course addresses issues, instances and everyday lived experiences of violence and crime in human societies from a comparative anthropological perspective. The course draws on a wide variety of examples, including global conflicts and state violence, virtual and technologically mediated warfare, gang violence, processes and politics of criminalisation, human trafficking and organised crime, intimacies of violence including gendered, family/ domestic and sexual violence, migration and displacement, terrorism, the politics of legitimate and illegitimate violence, collective memories of suffering, and transitional justice. Case studies are drawn from various regions and countries, including but not limited to, Afghanistan, Latin America, Rwanda, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, El Salvador, Peru, southeast Asia, and Nepal. This course introduces students to core themes in the anthropology of violence and crime that include, violence and identity/subjectivity; terror, pain and suffering; war, technology and visual culture; fear, threat and sorcery; and organised crime and global governance.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Obtain knowledge and understanding of anthropological approaches to conflict, violence and human suffering
    2 Demonstrate awareness and use of specific academic and non-academic conflict resources (web, library, film, etc)
    3 Demonstrate broad understanding of what drives conflict on a global basis, especially the diversity of cultural, political and economic factors
    4 Obtain knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised
    5 Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
    6 Obtain an ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems
    7 Demonstrate an awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Essential and Supplementary Readings are available online at the course MyUni site as listed in the Course Outline. There is also a detailed set of instructions and requirements for each assessment item and associated criteria marking sheet, including essay questions. 

    Recommended Resources
    For those who wish to read beyond the essential readings for each week or for use in developing and researching assessments, supplementary readings have also been suggested for each week and will be available on MyUni under Course Readings.
    Online Learning
    Lectures will be recorded and made available on MyUni as will the lecture PowerPoints. All assessment item and requirements will also be made available on MyUni as will any adjustments made to lecture and workshop times or locations (or cancellations), and other announcements. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Course work is made up of three components: lectures, seminars and assessment items. Attendance at, and participation in, seminars is essential as is completion of all assessment requirements. Students are required to attend a two-hour seminar each week. Attendance at and participation in these seminars on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. There are essential readings set for each workshop beginning from Week One, which are available on MyUni. These readings are designed to complement the material debated and discussed in the lectures and are essential for participation in the seminars. All students are expected to have read each week’s essential reading/s. Delivery of lecture material, which introduces and examines the central themes of the week’s topic, will be based on a flexible format and may be delivered either face-to-face in the lecture hall, pre-recorded and made available on MyUni. or in seminars to generate discussion. The information discussed in the lectures are vital for your participation in seminars as well as the successful completion of assessment items. In this course, I approach lectures as interactive spaces of learning and engagement with key issues raised in the course.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 hour of lectures (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weekly Topics
    Week  Introduction to Anthropology of Violence & Crime
    Week  Crime, Criminals & Criminalisation
    Week  Gangs & Organised Crime
    Week  Violence & the State
    Week  War & Global Conflict
    Week  Collective Memories & Memorials
    Week  Structural & Gendered/ Sexual Violence 
    Week  Race, Religion & Hate Crimes
    Week  Bioviolence & Organ Trafficking
    Week  Violence & Transitional Justice
    Week  Consultations for Essay
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to attend a two-hour workshop each week. Attendance at and participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of EIGHT workshops out of a total of TEN workshops. Students who do not attend the minimum number of workshops, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the workshop participation mark.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Takes place in all weeks of the course, through group conflict analysis of contemporary documentary film component
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome
    Attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Quiz Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    Poster (1000 words) Formative and Summative 25% 1, 3, 7
    Essay (2000 words) Formative and Summative 50% 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting
    Quiz (15 questions) Formative and Summative 15%
    Poster (1000 words) Formative and Summative 25%
    Essay (2000 words) Summative 50%
    Seminar Journal (5 x 150 word entries) Formative 10%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to attend a two-hour workshop each week. Attendance at and participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of EIGHT workshops out of a total of TEN workshops. Students who do not attend the minimum number of workshops, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the workshop participation mark.
    Assessment Detail
    Submission
    Assignments are to be submitted online via the Course MyUni site. Please see the Course Coordinator as early as possible if you think that you may not be able to complete your assignments by the due date. There will be no extensions for written work without adequate documentation (such as a doctor’s or counselling certificate) as set out in the MACA form & process (Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment). Late assignments will be penalised at 2% per day. According to Faculty policy, essays more than 7 days late will be graded as 0%. Failure to submit any written work will result in an FNS grade (Failure No Submission). Please see link for further information http://arts.adelaide.edu.au/docs/Current-students-MACA-quick-reference-guide.pdf. 

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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