University of Sussex Business School

Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4AID)

Geographies of Violence and Conflict

Module 001G4AID

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Conflict and violence are major components of social process, transformation and change; locally, nationally and internationally. This module gives students an overview of how geographers (and other social scientists) have thought about, studied, and explained, violence and conflict. For example, whether violence and conflict are considered an exceptional situation or a 'normal' aspect of societal change. The module highlights the multiple scales at which conflict and violence occur, from domestic violence to international war. Nevertheless, emphasis will be placed on how violence and conflict affect people (and groups of people) at the micro-level of personal experience rather than simply looking at macro-level aggregate patterns. Students will be encouraged to examine the differences between diverse forms of violence. For example, does it make sense to consider structural violence (e.g. racism, sexism) in the same way as physical (or direct) violence? The first third of the module will focus on the theories and concepts through which violence and conflict have been explained. The second two-thirds will apply these theories and concepts to a range of diverse examples (such as war systems; undocumented migration; mass shootings; fear of violence, the media and gender)."

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