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Teachers' Series - Exploring Some New Developments in Criminological Theory

  • 28 April 2021
  • 4.00PM - 5.00PM
  • Not a public event  |  Booking required: Yes
  • Online (details will be sent later)

Join us at our Teachers' Series - Exploring Some New Developments in Criminological Theory



Closing date for registrations: 27 April 4.00pm

We are delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity to teachers of criminology / sociology in sixth form and further education colleges. You will spend time online with Dr Justin Kotze who will introduce you to different perspectives on violence, outlining negative and positive motivation to harm, and how these interact.

Session Outline:

• The session will start by outlining Žižek’s (2009) triumvirate of violence and consider the relationship between these in contemporary society.

• We then return to the fundamental criminological question of what motivates people to harm others, whether that be by acts legally defined as ‘crime’ or not. By drawing on recent developments in criminological theory, such as Ultra-Realism, we will explore both the negative and positive motivation to harm and link this to Žižek’s analysis of violence.

• The discussion will then turn towards the notion of ‘special liberty’ and how this concept can be applied in practice.

• Before the session draws to a close, we will look at some practical examples and consider how these new developments can be put to work to help explain a range of social issues.



Intended Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session you will be able to:
• Consider violence more holistically and understand its variable shape in modern society.
• Understand the difference between the negative and positive motivation to harm.
• Begin to apply some aspects of ultra-realist criminological theory to the analysis of contemporary issues.

Booking is essential and we look forward to your online attendance through MS Teams.