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SS7170 - Explaining Violence (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Explaining Violence
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
114 hours Guided independent study
50 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Critical Summary
Coursework 50%   Essay
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module will allow students to investigate the complex issue of violence through a multidisciplinary approach. Indicative topics include serious youth violence, murder, football hooliganism and violence in the home. The module will be structured to identify and explain violent behaviour both in the West and the Global South. These will then be tied to the wider criminological field and possible prevention strategies will be considered.

There is a negotiated element to the module, allowing students to focus on topics specific to their own interests.

The module will incorporate a ‘Flipped-Learning approach’. Active student involvement in the module is thus imperative to make it as successful and enjoyable as possible. Students are expected to attend and contribute to all seminar sessions, and attendance will be monitored. Sessions will require student preparation, including the reading of academic journal articles.

The module aims to enable students to:

1. Explore the prevalence of and trends in violence in the UK and globally

2. Identify and assess violent crimes

3. Recognize and contextualize various types of violence

4. Use various theories within the field of Criminology and Sociology to explain violent behaviour


Indicative topics include:


Serious Youth Violence (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Violence as Contagion (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Violence in the Home (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Corporate Violence (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Violence against Animals (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Football Hooliganism (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Violence and the Media (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Terrorism  (LO1 LO2 L03 L04)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Each week, this module will be delivered through three hour workshops featuring lecturing, students presentations and seminar discussion.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Explain some of the root causes of various types of violence and aggression;

2. Investigate various forms of violence and aggression and the circumstances and contexts in which they occur;

3. Explain and analyse prevention strategies;

4. Use reflection and analysis to explain and evaluate violent behaviour.

Assessment strategy

1. Critical summaries of academic texts. This will allow students to familiarise themselves with and analyse and reflect on a range of readings on their chosen subject area.

2. Essay. This will allow students the synthesise the readings from throughout the module in carrying out their own analysis.