Course Syllabus

Ayman al Zawahiri 

SOC 1420

Violence and Society



NOTE: Articles marked with an (*) in the reading list are available on OCRA.

           Weeks 1 & 2:  Violence Defined

  Aaron T. Beck.  Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence.  Entire Book.

*Susan M. Cunningham.  2000.  “What we teach when we teach about violence.”  The HFG Review, 4, 4-9.

  Film Screening: Do the Right Thing

Week 3:  The Mass Media and Violence

  Sisela Bok.  Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment.  Entire Book.

*George Comstock.  2008.  “A sociological perspective on television violence and aggression.”  American Behavioral Scientist, 51, 1184-1211.

*Jaqck Glaser, Jay Dixit, and Donald P. Green.  2002.  “Studying hate crime with the internet: What makes racists advocate racial violence.”  Journal of Social Issues, 58, 177-193.

  Film Screening: Weapons of Mass Deception

Week 4: Individualism

  Charles Derber.  The Wilding of America: Money, Mayhem, and the American Dream (fifth edition).  Entire Book.

 Film Screening: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

 Week 5: Boys and Gangs

 Sudhir Venkatesh. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets. Entire

*Mark Totten. 2003. “Girlfriend abuse as a form of masculinity construction among violent,
marginal male youth.” Men and Masculinities, 6, 70-92.

 Film Screening: Crips and Bloods: Made in America

Week 6:  Girls and Gangs

Jody Miller.  One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender.  Entire Book.

*Lianne Archer, and Andrew M. Grascia.  2006.  “Girls, gangs and crime: Profile of the young female offender.”  Journal of Gang Research, 13, 37-49.

Film Screening: The Interruptors

 Week 7:  Bullying

 Rachel Simmons.  2003Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. Entire Book.

*Rebecca Griffin Smith and Alan M. Gross.  2006.  “Bullying: Prevalence and the effect of age and gender.”  Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 28, 13-37.

  Film Screening: Rats and Bullies

 Week 8:  School Violence

 Katherine S. Newman, Cybelle Fox, David J. Harding, Jal Mehta, and Wendy Roth.  Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings.  Entire Book.

*Glenn W. Muschert.  2009.  “The Columbine victims and the myth of the juvenile superpredator.”  Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 5, 351-366.

  Film Screening: Elephant

Week 9: Sex Trafficking

              Siddharth Kara. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.  Entire Book.


*Janice G. Raymond.  2004.  “Prostitution on demand: Legalizing the buyers as sexual consumers.”  Violence against Women, 10, 1156-1186.

 Film Screening: Human Trafficking

 Week 10: War

Chris Hedges.  2002.  War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.  Entire Book.

*Dorothy Morgos, J. William Worden, and Leila Gupta.  2007.  “Psychosocial effects of war experiences among displaced children in southern Darfur.”  Omega, 56, 229-253.

Film Screening: In the Valley of Elah

Week 11: Religious Violence

  Mark Juergensmeyer.  Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (third edition).  Entire Book.

*Israela Silberman, E. Tory Higgins, and Carol S. Dweck.  2005.  “Religion and world change: Violence and terrorism versus peace.”  Journal of Social Issues, 61, 761-784.

  Film Screening: Abortion Providers under Siege

Weeks 12 & 13: Terrorism

  Michel Wieviorka.  1993.  The Making of Terrorism.  Entire Book.

*Khaled Fattah and K. M. Fierke.  2009.  “A clash of emotions: The politics of humiliation and political violence in the Middle East.”  European Journal of International Relations, 15, 67-93.

*Monica Prasad, Andrew J. Perrin, Kieran Bezilla, Steve G. Hoffman, Kate Kindleberger, Kim Manturuk, and Ashleigh Smith Powers.  2009.  “‘There must be a reason’: Osama, Saddam, and inferred justification.”  Sociological Inquiry, 79, 142-162.

*John A. Updegraff, Roxane Cohen Silver, and E. Alison Holman.  2008.  “Searching for and finding meaning in collective trauma: Results from a national longitudinal study of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 709-722.

              Film Screening: Munich



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