Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This course examines competing accounts of violence in the academic research, mass media, and everyday conversation. It asks why the news media focuses on extreme cases of violence, and how this produces social panics around particular problems while concealing other more serious issues. It shows how patterns of everyday talk about violence cause people to worry about specific risks to their safety and not others, and why anxieties about violence often lead to demands for certain kinds of law enforcement. The course explores how accounts of violence in even non-scholarly cultural forms like films and television series, are actually based on complex underlying theories of psychology and society. Even in apparently neutral and objective academic research, it reveals a range of unrecognised assumptions that shape how we understand the world. The course includes a focus on violence and gender, examining changing ways of understanding sexual and intimate-partner violence, and exploring issues of masculinity and violence.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesPreparation of prescribed readings, lecture attendance. Reflective essay, critical analysis essay. Tutorial presentations and participation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 2 LST or LCR or LAW or Humanities and Social Sciences Subjects or with coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of key theories and findings in the field of violence studies
02. Apply theories to contemporary social problems.
03. Formally present of academic ideas and analysis.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 36
Two 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 36 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 36
Two 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 36 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Tutorial presentation and participation (400 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Weekly quiz on prescribed materials (800 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1

Reflective essay (1200 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Critical analysis essay (1600 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3