This topic introduces students to theoretical understandings of the interrelationship between law, violence, harm, suffering and trauma. Through a range of historic and contemporary case studies, the topic seeks to critically explore the variety and extent of trauma associated with the imposition of law in various historical, contemporary, political, social and cultural contexts. Whilst this topic engages with traditional legal texts (statutes and case law) it also exposes students to the practice of reading and interpreting a variety of other texts (including film, historical narratives, archival documents, works of art and literature).
This topic aims to:
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