Sociology of Violence and Death

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for SOCIOL 326.


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, consequences, as well as responses to and interventions in, incidents of violence.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for SOCIOL 326.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Not taught in 2023


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 points


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