Not offered in 2019

Unit description

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

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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