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SO4042 - VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY

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The purpose of this module is to provide students with the conceptual tools to develop a critical approach to understanding violence in society. The module surveys theoretical approaches to understanding the social, cultural and political dynamics of institutional and individual violence. It introduces students to the variety of ways in which violence may be conceptualised, including as physical force, as coercive control and as symbolic, and asks students to consider the relative merits and limitations of such definitions. The module invites students to consider the place of state coercion in modern governance. Equally, students are invited to consider modes of political protest in the contemporary period and the relationship between violence and popular legitimacy. The module gives attention to the relationship between institutional and interpersonal violence and societal inequality. Finally, students are invited to critically consider arguments regarding the association of modernity with a decline in violence in society. 

 

SO4056 - HATE CRIME: ROOTS, REALITIES AND REDRESS

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The purpose of this module is to explore the phenomenon of hate crime through a sociological and legal lens. Specifically the module aims to unpack hate crime as a social construct; to examine is structural roots; to explore the social consequences of legal formulations and legislative lacunae; to critically evaluate the potential for legal, civic, and educational solutions; to familiarise the student with the field of hate studies as an interdisciplinary project drawing on both sociology and legal scholarship and to critically interrogate the hate crime paradigm. 

 

LA6192 - HATE CRIME (Postgraduate)

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The purpose of this module is to conduct a socio-legal enquiry into the phenomenon of hate crime. It will explore the concept of hate, and concepts of hate crime internationally, highlighting the differences between hate crime, hate incidents and hate speech. It will interrogate the prevalence of hate crime in an Irish context, critically exploring the difference in official and unofficial reporting rates. It will look at the forms hate crime can take, and the impact of hate crime on its victims. Following this victim-centric approach, the module will then go on to examine the concept of hate through the lens of the criminal law, evaluating legislative models for addressing hate, and asking whether we need to criminalise the hate element of a crime. It will also examine the policing of hate, particularly in the context of changes introduced following the publication of the Macpherson Report in the United Kingdom. It will finally query the manner in which we address hate behaviour post-conviction.

 

LA4063 - LGBT RIGHTS, RESISTANCE AND REDRESS: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE LAW IN IRELAND

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This course is designed to help students acquire the conceptual tools and affective dispositions required to engage in LGBT-inclusive analyses of Irish legislation and policy. The module first seeks to help students adopt a critical approach to traditional binary conceptions of gender and sex, as well as to heteronormativity, providing a foundation for informed analysis of historical and contemporary Irish legislation. In particular, students will be encouraged to consider the impact on LGBT inclusion of anti-discrimination and criminal legislation. Students will engage with key moments in the evolution of LGBT-rights in Ireland, up to and including the passing of the Marriage Act 2015 and the Gender Recognition Act 2015.