Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3095: On Violence

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

On Violence aims to increase your confidence in developing independent thinking, expressing that thinking verbally and in written materials, and responding to other people’s contributions, in a seminar environment. It also exposes you to an issue that is challenging in many ways, and cross-disciplinary by nature.

On Violence will help develop and strengthen your abilities to:

  • synthesize and critically assess the relationship between different approaches to violence;
  • apply the insights and findings in the literature to the analysis of problems confronting society;
  • scrutinize the methodological foundations of studying harm;
  • conduct independent analysis.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a significant understanding of the types of social science research into violence
2. Considerately evaluate how the different sources of information about violence, both quantitative and qualitative, and how they are produced - including their location in particular political and social frameworks - and how they can be interpreted
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Develop and deploy arguments grounded in theoretical frameworks;
4. Draw substantiated thematic comparisons between material from different sources;
5. Clearly and articulately present research, policy debates and your own arguments;
Personal and Key Skills6. Present an argument orally in a clear, organized, effective and persuasive manner;
7. Evaluate own work and those of others;
8. Demonstrate collaborative skills, e.g. group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
9. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.