module specification

SS7170 - Explaining Violence (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Explaining Violence
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
155 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Coursework 1
Coursework 60%   Coursework 2
Running in 2023/24

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

Module summary

This module will allow you 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 you to focus on topics specific to your own interests.

You are expected to attend and contribute to all seminar sessions, and attendance will be monitored. Sessions will require you to do some preparation, including the reading of academic journal articles, book chapters and research reports.

The module aims 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 

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? YES


The syllabus will change depending on student interests, but Indicative topics may include:

● Serious Youth Violence
● Violence as Contagion
● Violence in the Home
● Corporate Violence
● Violence against Animals
● Football Hooliganism
● Violence and the Media
● Terrorism 

(LOs 1-4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching will be delivered using a range of methods including face to face, blended and online learning.

The module includes a negotiated element, allowing you to focus on topics specific to your own interests.

The module incorporates a flipped learning approach, with a requirement for you to undertake readings each week and present summaries and analyses. This will inform in-depth discussions and debates. Preparation is therefore essential for successful engagement.

A great deal of emphasis is placed on independent study.

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

Written Coursework 1 -  This will allow you to familiarise yourself with and analyse and reflect on a range of readings on a chosen subject area - (2000 words)

Written Courswork 2 -  This will allow you to synthesise the readings from throughout the module in carrying out your own analysis - (2500 words)