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MScPGDip in Sex, Gender, Violence: Contemporary Critical Approaches

University of Aberdeen

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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION The pressures to speak and act violently are everywhere ? Violence is not a deviant act it is a conforming one (Michelle Toomey). In this programme the focus will be on ways we think about, understand and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violent act?Why does legislation against violence so often transpire as inadequate, perhaps especially in the case of gendered and sexual violence? As the links between sex, gender and violence appear intimate and often lethal, a central but not exclusive focus of the programme will be on theories and practices of sexgender. We will also consider how violence is represented, for example inmedia representations of conflicts we will look at representations of violence in popular culture especially in films we will analyze legislative attempts to deal with violence for example in the arena of human rights and gender mainstreaming. And yet, aside from our visions of sensational violences, we will pay close attention to the brutal fecundity of violence through the banality of every-day ordinary violence. The programme will be based in the Centre for Gender Studies and Department of Sociology. THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AT ABERDEEN Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities. With an international multicultural community of over 14,000 students drawn from 120 different countries, the University prides itself on offering the very best learning and support facilities for students, from one of the largest and best equipped libraries in Scotland to support services that provide friendly and expert guidance on a range of areas - academic, personal, medical and financial. The School of Social Sciences is situated on the University?s beautiful Kings College Campus, and includes the departments of Anthropology, Politics & International Relations and Sociology. In coming to Aberdeen, you?ll be joining a vibrant and active postgraduate community, taught and supervised by staff with international reputations for teaching and research. WANT TO KNOW MORE? For further details on this Masters programme, see our Prospectus (http:www.abdn.ac.ukprospectuspgrad) For further details on Sociology at Aberdeen, visit our website (http:www.abdn.ac.uksociology). GOT A QUESTION? If so, contact: - Dr Marysia Zalewski (Programme Director) - Tel: +44 (0)1224 272768 E-mail: [email protected] - Alyson Millar (Postgraduate Secretary) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272762 Email: [email protected]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION The pressures to speak and act violently are everywhere ? Violence is not a deviant act it is a conforming one (Michelle Toomey). In this programme the focus will be on ways we think about, understand and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violent act?Why does legislation against violence so often transpire as inadequate, perhaps especially in...

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