Violence, Imaginaries and Symbolic Power

University of Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Violence, Imaginaries and Symbolic Power

  • Host University

    University of Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    12 credit points from Sociology

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This unit examines the operation of symbolic power and diverse social manifestations of violence, from revolution through to eroticism. Of particular interest are social imaginaries and the way collective representations embody social creativity, legitimate social structures and inform projects of violent social reconstruction, including war, terrorism, nationalism and genocide. Social imaginaries are constitutive of nationalist visions of self-determining communities, capitalist wealth and social utopias. Different modes of critical analysis are introduced, like critical social theory, discourse analysis, and psychoanalysis.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.