GeoViolence:the Geographies of Violence GEOG4109

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore geographic approaches to understanding violence: combining both theoretical and philosophical considerations with empirical episodes of violence.


There will be one two-hour class per week (beginning mid-way through the semester).

Requirements of Entry

Students should have completed Level 2 Geography at minimum of grade D3

Excluded Courses





1. A 400 word dictionary entry (in groups) (25%).

2. A 2,000 word essay (75%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ Introduce current philosophical debates on the geographies of violence

■ Explore the shifting scales, logics, and sites of violence

■ Consider the geographies of both historical and contemporary episodes of violence

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss different instances of violence in modern historical events, such as the Holocaust

■ Critically assess the difference between different philosophies of violence

■ Explain the various temporalities of violence, from slow to fast

■ Analyse the violence inherent in the capitalist system

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.