LSO666 - Spilling Blood: Modern Political Violence

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Subject Title
Spilling Blood: Modern Political Violence

Subject Description
As the end of the 20th century neared, many looked forward and imagined a peaceful future.  However, the first two decades of the 21st century have seen the proliferation of violence, once again.  Aside from bringing death, political violence has the potential to break communal bonds, destroy institutions, injure physically and psychologically, even at the genetic level.  Yet, it is also productive of new orders and new ideas about the modern state system.  In this course, we will investigate violence as motivated by politics --the exercise of power.  We will delve into the causes of political violence and consequences on communities and individuals by investigating the case studies of Rwandan Genocide, and the Indian Residential School system in Canada.  These case studies offer us the possibility of looking at  political violence through multiple lenses --- the political, the social and the personal, using the insights of constructivism (which seeks to demonstrate the social construction of institutions which are taken natural) and the affective turn (which seeks to return to the social sciences investigation of human emotion).

Credit Status
One upper-level Liberal Studies Option in the Social Sciences category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Analyze the relationship between modernity, nation state building, and violence to challenge dominant narratives of violence.

2. Describe forms of violence, including sexual violence, as an exercise of power.

3. Examine the consequences of violence on communities and individual to capture the scope of violence from collective down to genetic.

4. Critique the dynamics of power in political violence.

5. Practice active empathy by contrasting the stories of survivors with political narratives of violence.

6. Discuss how alternative narratives of violence could lead to peace.

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