Courses & Units

Order, Violence and Justice HIR304



This unit is concerned with the question of the changing/evolving nature of violence in the international realm. Part one of the unit will trace the emergence of modern thought about violence through theoretical 'traditions' and the writings of Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes through Hugo Grotius and Immanuel Kant to Carl von Clausewitz. The second part of the unit will trace the establishment of international laws and norms that attempt to regulate the use of force in the international realm, the emergence of humanitarian intervention and the relationship between sovereignty, international law and the use of force. The unit will conclude with an evaluation of the degree to which new international legal mechanisms have altered the way we think about the legitimate use of force.


Unit name Order, Violence and Justice
Unit code HIR304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Dr. Matt Killingsworth

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Research and discuss aspects of organised violence showing an awareness of the key conceptual difficulties, theoretical perspectives and debates in the field and relate theoretical perspectives and debates about organised violence to real world examples.
  2. Use critical analytic capacity to develop and present balanced arguments and evaluations.
  3. Use concepts and theories encountered in the unit to formulate, express and present your ideas coherently to a group of peers.
  4. Respond fluently to essay-type questions and apply referencing and style conventions as appropriate.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090101

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25 credit points at Introductory level in any discipline

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HSG203, HIR204 HSG303, HSD232, HSD332, XBR301, HSA232, HSA332


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   2-hr lecture weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly

Off Campus/Distance:   Web-based delivery of 13 lectures, online study school


Task 1: Take home exam (40%)

Task 2: Tutorial literature review (20%)

Task 3: Essay (40%)

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