JST517 Violence in Society: Interpersonal to International Perspectives (8)

Violence in Society explores a range of violent interactions ranging from the interpersonal level to the global. Key theoretical concerns addressed throughout this subject include: What do we mean by violence What constitutes violent behaviour What are the main forces - political, social, economic, psychological, linguistic, and cultural which sustain patterns of violence? How can we best eliminate or reduce violence in society? Through extensive wide reading and critique, students will develop a thorough understanding of a range of issues related to violence in society. Students will come to understand why this subject matter is of critical importance for our policy writers, legislators and the wider Australian community.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Student must have on line access

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to appreciate and understand the extent and diversity of violence
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the discursive distinction between 'legitimate' and 'illegitimate' forms of violence
  • be capable to critically analyse the political, social, economic and cultural implications of violent forms of interaction
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of theoretical perspectives in relation to violence and policy implications
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of ways in which particular ideologies produce and reproduce specific forms and patterns of violence
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions and practises underlying the criminal justice system and other agencies in terms of policies and intervention strategies directed at violent behaviour
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the global manifestations of violent interplay and its implications for national and international relations and
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of interventions, and peaceful alternatives.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- phenomenon of violence - definitions and extent - theories of violence - gender and violence - youth and violence - race, post-colonisation and violence - punishment of violent offenders - state violence - terrorism - global violence - drugs and violence - victims of violence - treatment of violent offenders - group/gang violence - media representations of violence - non-violent futures


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.