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AN2106 - Anthropology of Violence

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Violence, its forms and controls, is fundamental to human social existence and is central to theories regarding the nature of society. The anthropology of violence addresses these points from a comparative cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis is given to the situational nature of violence and human conflict with case studies of warfare, state-based violence, sexual violence, genocide and ethnic conflict.

Learning Outcomes

  • consider the relationship between violence and human nature;
  • explore in depth at least one major anthropological study of violence;
  • understand the importance of violence in modern social theory;
  • examine cross-cultural approaches to violence.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: Professor Rosita Henry.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: quizzes or tests (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: Professor Rosita Henry.
Workload expectations:
  • 1 hours - via phone, email or LearnJCU discussion board.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: multidraft Essays (50%); discussion board participation (50%).

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