ord count / Assessment time
.1,900 words / by 12 Noon
Brief IV completed by
Miemie Neethling Taylor
This assessment covers the following learning outcomes:
1. Critically analyze political violence (including war and terrorism spectrum) within a criminological and theoretical framework
2. Critically reflect on war as an economic system and crimes of the powerful.
3. Critically analyze the relationship between organized crime, violence, corruption and terror networks
4. Critically engage in literature on political violence evaluating knowledge and questioning different ways of thinking
5. Critically explore the limits of criminology in relation to challenges of new and developing concepts of war and terrorism.
1) Theoretically analyse why some people become terrorists. Provide an example.
2) One man’s terrorist is another one’s freedom fighter. Critically analyze.
3) Do you agree or disagree with Kaldor’s ’New War’ thesis? Why or why not? Provide examples.
4) Provide an analysis of how the interests of powerful actors motivate and contribute to perpetual war.
5) The Turkish state denies that genocide took place against the minority Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire in 1915; whilst Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora maintain unilaterally that this genocide indeed took place and 1.5 million Armenians perished as a result. By using the eight stages of genocide, examine the facts of this case. Provide an analysis of events that led up to the deportations and mass killing of Armenians, present your findings and explain your conclusion.
6) By using major theoretical perspectives, Ruggiero analyses both institutional and anti-institutional violence. Select three theoretical perspectives and explain how Ruggiero applied criminological theories of ’common’ violence to the analysis of political violence.
7) If you do not see a question that inspires and motivates you are welcome to formulate your own question, with negotiation with the module convener.
The essay provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate what you have learned in class (by drawing on a range of material). It also allows you to pursue your own interest by conducting further research on a topic that interests you. So the essay will draw from course material (i.e. the weekly required readings) as well as your own independent research.
Your work will have a clear introduction, overall argument and conclusion. Your essay should not simply summarize reading materials, but needs to incorporate your own analysis and argumentation. Your argument needs to be supported by examples and evidence.
• Essays must be approximately 1,900 words. The word limit does not include bibliography. Key arguments must be developed in the body of the essay.
• The essay must draw from course materials (i.e. required course readings) as well as your own independent research.
• The essay must be properly referenced, using a consistent academic referencing style (e.g. Harvard Style) and must include a bibliography. Please include specific page numbers for all in-text or footnoted references. Failure to properly reference will result in mark deductions and can result in referral to the academic misconduct committee. For further information, see section on ‘Referencing & Good Academic Practice’ below.
• The essay must have a clear introduction, overall argument and conclusion. The essay should not simply summarise reading materials, but needs to incorporate your own critical analysis and argumentation.
• The overall argument needs to be supported by examples and evidence. For general essay writing tips, referencing information and other skills resources please attend all the relevant seminars).
• Essays should be typed and double-spaced. You should include your student enrolment number (the number on your student ID card) on the header or footer of every page. On the cover you must include the name of the module, the title of the essay, and the name of your tutor.
• Essays must be submitted electronically via turnitin. You will receive instructions on how to submit your assignment from your tutor.