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Violence, the Nation-State and Terrorism (6603.4)

Level: Undergraduate Third Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice



    The unit examines in depth aspects of the role of the nation-state in regulating, suffering from or carrying out violence. It looks at revolutionary and nation-building transitions, at failed or rogue states, colonial and imperial conquests, and episodes of terrorism, genocide and reconciliation. Explanations and justifications for these events are analysed from a range of perspectives. Case studies may include recent regional or international conflicts, the settlement of Australia and the use of capital punishment.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Students who complete this unit should have an enhanced ability to: analyse critically the role of nation-states in regulating, suffering from or carrying out violence against individuals, communities and states; understand justifications and critiques of official violence in social theory; critically examine and deconstruct theories of the 'state', 'genocide', ethnicity and masculinity in relation to state-sanctioned violence;
    2. demonstrate a higher order understanding of methods and techniques useful for analysing information about violence and the state, including oral history, document analysis and analysis of official statistics; demonstrate an enhanced ability to carry out independent research on state-related violence using an appropriate range of sources and techniques.

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