Violence: Everyday, Extraordinary
SSC551 – 3-4 Credits - Intermediate
- Carol Hendrickson / office: Dalrymple 12
- Monday - Thursday 1:30pm - 3:20pm in D33E
Violence melds into the everyday and manifests itself in domestic settings, medical facilities, the marketplace, and workings of the state and other human organizations. At other times it explodes and defines events to which we give such labels as “war” or “revolution.” Drawing largely but not exclusively on readings in anthropology, this course will survey the work of a range of authors writing on such topics as gendered violence, the violence of poverty, the aftermath of violence, witnessing, and representing violence. We will meet to discuss readings on Mondays; Thursdays are reserved for the occasional film.
Note: Students may opt to write a large final term paper and receive 4 credits for the course. For those who choose this option, we’ll meet at different times during the semester and discuss your research topics, bibliography, and other dimensions of your project.
The goals of this class include the following:
• read key texts on violence in the field of anthropology and related disciplines
• learn some of the key theoretical positions and basic vocabulary used in academic conversations on violence
• gain a sense of how ideas are used to understand social phenomena in different parts of the globe and at different points in history
• work on writing skills as well as the oral articulation of ideas.