PACS 212: State and Violence

There seems to be an inherent tension between state and human rights and a dichotomy often arises between a state in theory and in practice. In this line of thinking, this course addresses a range of issues and provides students with conceptual tools for exploring the causes and conditions of state repression, violence and crime. By exposing students to multiple paradigms for understanding state’s coercive actions, the course encourages critical contemplation on influential theories about repression and political violence as well as intellectual engagement with the challenges states facing in the present time. Through readings and debates and by combining theory with application, the course encourages students’ creative thinking about how to make state more caring to life and wellbeing of its citizens.

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