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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Brett Hough


Previously coded ASM5100


This unit explores violences as a complex set of practices, from a range of disciplinary perspectives although with an overall emphasis on the social sciences. Topic areas covered in any year may include state-sanctioned violences like institutionalised torture and capital punishment; interpersonal violences such as rape and child abuse; and intellectual and political debates over ethics, research methodologies and epistemologies, and issues of representation. This unit will also entail examining violences via cross-cultural perspectives in order to highlight differences and similarities throughout the world.


Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the plural character of the phenomenon 'violences'.
  2. Show a critical awareness of the diversity of understandings of and proffered solutions to violences.
  3. Present a debate or issue central to the project of trying to eliminate violence from social life.
  4. Demonstrate some understanding of the methodological, epistemological, ethical and political issues in researching a form of violence.
  5. Appreciate the relationship of work on violences to the 'crisis in representation' in the social sciences.


Written work: 80% (9000 words)
Seminar work: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Brett Hough

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 x 1 hour film screening) per week


ATS4379, ASM4100