Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2038: On Violence

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module will examine a wide range of type of violence.  Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes over one or more weeks:

  • Defining Violence - Primary Question: How is violence defined?
  • Communication and Violence - Primary Question: How is communication characterized by violence?
  • Seeing Violence - Primary Question: How are violent acts rendered seen and unseen?
  • Bounding Violence - Primary Question: How are social limits placed on violence?
  • Ignoring Violence - Primary Question: How do societies learn to ignore harm?
  • Remembering Violence - Primary Question: How do societies remember violence? 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2211 x 2-hour seminars (lecturer’s explanations, student participation and discussion)
Guided Independent Study24Preparing for the seminars
Guided Independent Study40Reading assignments
Guided Independent Study10Additional reading/research
Guided Independent Study54Preparation for and completion of all exams

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).