A History of Violence: From Middle Ages to Modern Times

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A History of Violence: From Middle Ages to Modern Times

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What is violence? What do we mean by it? Is it innate or learned? Are we becoming more or less violent?

These are all questions that we will ask throughout this course. A History of Violence will examine the different types of violence that humans have practiced over the centuries, put them into historical context, and try to understand why those different forms of violence are used at particular times, and not others; why some kinds of violence are accepted in some parts of the world but not others?

Violence is part and parcel of human history and of human nature. It has been there since the dawn of time and it is, arguably, at the core of what it is to be human. It is the one thing that all cultures and societies, across, time, share in common. It is one of humanity’s most distinctive traits.

This course will look at different theories and approaches to studying human violence beginning with a foray into pre-history, befor...

What is violence? What do we mean by it? Is it innate or learned? Are we becoming more or less violent?

These are all questions that we will ask throughout this course. A History of Violence will examine the different types of violence that humans have practiced over the centuries, put them into historical context, and try to understand why those different forms of violence are used at particular times, and not others; why some kinds of violence are accepted in some parts of the world but not others?

Violence is part and parcel of human history and of human nature. It has been there since the dawn of time and it is, arguably, at the core of what it is to be human. It is the one thing that all cultures and societies, across, time, share in common. It is one of humanity’s most distinctive traits.

This course will look at different theories and approaches to studying human violence beginning with a foray into pre-history, before focusing more fully on the different uses of violence in western history, from the middle ages onwards. Topics include: the origins of violence; gendered violence; homicide; public executions and torture; and colonial violence.

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Eduardo Baldissera Carvalho Salles

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
I really enjoyed the course. The content is specific and unpublished. There are no other research centers investigating the History of Violence. Congratulations. From Chapecó, Brazil.
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Leanne

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1 year, 5 months ago
The content was specific and easy to understand, and, covered a good variety of topics. The instructor was very helpful, and, prompt to respond to questions and/or help requests. I highly recommend this course to those interested in better understanding the violent nature of humans, both past and present.
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Barbara Biddle

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 5 months ago
I really enjoyed the comprehensive nature of this course. I liked participating in the the online discussions that included pertinent and interesting discussions with historical data and current issues. I think I didn’t pass the subject, not because I didn’t do the work but there was one assignment I did not submit when it was due (Halfway through) when all the others could be completed before the end of the course. I wasn’t aware of the time frame.
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Peta Hanrahan

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1 year, 5 months ago
The course was great but the system it was delivered in especially the assessment was very confusing. Even now when I go back to review my completed tasks, I think that I see there are still outstanding tasks that have not been completed, but on closer investigation by clicking through to relevant pages, I see that I have completed the course.
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