ANTH 2036 - Anthropology of Violence and Crime
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt 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
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 ResourcesFor 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 LearningLectures will be pre-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 seminar times or locations (or cancellations), and other announcements.This course will also offer both face-to-face and online seminars.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesCourse work is made up of three components: pre-recorded lectures, seminars and assessment items. Students participate in a face-to-face or online seminar each week. There are essential readings set for each seminar, beginning from Week One, which are available on MyUni. These readings are designed to complement the material 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 pre-recorded and made available on MyUni before the weekly seminars.
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 Anthropology of Violence Anthropology of Crime Crime, Gangs & Violence Violence, Crime & the State Genocide & Massacres Warfare & Geopolitics Structural Violence Gendered & Sexual Violence Hate Crimes & Violence Trafficking & Bioviolence Remembering Violence & Transitional Justice Consultations for Essay
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to participate in a seminar (online or face-to-face) each week. Participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student must participate in a minimum number of EIGHT seminars out of a total of ELEVEN seminars. Students who do not attend the minimum number of seminars, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the participation mark.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTakes place in all weeks of the course, through group analysis of contemporary documentary film component, readings and lecture material
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7 Poster or Essay (1000 words) Formative and Summative 30% 1, 3, 7 Essay (2500 words) Formative and Summative 60% 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents 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.
SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted online via the Course MyUni site. There will be no extensions for written work without adequate documentation as set out in the Faculty of Arts MACA form & process (Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment). Late assignments will be penalised at 2% per day (based on a 7 day week). 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).
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
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