Violence in American Culture

Subject Name: 
Honors College
Course Number: 
UMass Amherst
This course will explore the complex social and cultural interactions that can lead to violence. We will begin by examining various theories of human violence from a number of disciplines: anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will then survey different cultural attitudes towards violence beginning with several prehistoric sites from the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Next, the course will consider the historical roots of American violence starting with the European invasion of North America. Specific instances of violence in American history will also be considered, including the attempted genocide of American Indians, the enslavement of African Americans, and the American Civil War. The second half of the course will focus on a number of contemporary issues of American violence including race violence, hate crimes, violence against women, family violence, gang violence, and the violence in contemporary art and film. (Gen.Ed. SB, U)
This course is open to Senior, Junior, and Sophmore Commonwealth College students only.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Violence in American Culture
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Ventura Perez M W 4:00PM 5:15PM