Theories of Violence

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Politics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Theories of Violence
Spring 2024
Taught By: Rose Owen
Section: A

CRN: 14913

Credits: 4

Starting with the early modern period, this course will survey political theories of violence to unsettle the idea that the state has a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. By reading theorists of police violence, sexual violence, and environmental violence, we will critically explore the problem of gratuitous and excessive state violence. We will also consider the possibilities and limitations inherent in the exercise of violence as a political tactic of anticolonial, feminist, and antifascist resistance. Authors include Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, Elsa Dorlin, and Andreas Malm. The course will raise the following questions: What is violence? What does violence do? How is violence related to politics? When, if ever, is the use of violence justified? And why do we see some forms of violence as justified, while others appear illegitimate?

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:34pm EDT 6/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 906
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024