Faculty of Arts


Sociology of Violence and Death


Violence occupies a paradoxical place in western societies. It is both censured and legitimated. It evokes horror and yet acts of violence appear on a routine basis in many forms of entertainment, including television programmes for children.

Drawing on writings from a variety of intellectual traditions this course explores the contested nature of violence through an examination of a number of contemporary debates about the causes, agents and consequences of, as well responses to and interventions in, incidents of "ordinary" and sometimes everyday, interpersonal violence.

Course Objectives

  • Analyse a novel (The Tattoo)
  • Define and recognise different types of violence
  • Theorise and plan for violence prevention or intervention
  • Measure different types of violence
  • Connect additional social constructs (e.g., gender, race) to violence and violence prevention
  • Critically analyse potentially violent media
  • Identify local and global trends in violence
  • Develop a proposed violence prevention or intervention plan

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr David Mayeda


There is not a traditional textbook for this course. However, there are weekly articles assigned, which you can download here through CANVAS. You are expected to complete all assigned readings before class. I try to make class interactive and appreciate student participation; doing your readings in advance is critical. Some readings may be added as supplemental/optional readings as the semester progresses; they will be posted on CANVAS. I have also provided a number of recommended articles that you may read if you are particularly interested in certain topics.


Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 326: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Sociology or 15 points at Stage II in Sociology and CRIM 201 or 202

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