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Outline - LAWS 5904 X 1 Winter 2009
Carleton University Department of Law
Course Outline
COURSE: LAWS 5904.X Law and Violence
TERM: Winter 2009
CLASS: Day & Time: Tuesdays, 8:35-11:25am
Room: B454 Loeb
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Christiane Wilke
CONTACT: Office: D485 Loeb
Office Hrs: Wednesday 1-3 (walk-in) & by appointment
Telephone: 613-520-2600 ext.4168
Email: Christiane_Wilke@carleton.ca
[please mention the course number in the email subject line]
You may need special arrangements to meet your academic obligations during the term because of disability,
pregnancy or religious obligations. Please review the course outline promptly and write to me with any
requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need
for accommodation is known to exist.
Students with documented disabilities requiring academic accommodations in this course must register with
the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) for a formal evaluation of disability-related
needs. Documented disabilities include physical, mental, and learning disabilities, mental disorders, hearing
or vision disabilities, epilepsy, drug and alcohol dependencies, environmental sensitivities, as well as other
conditions. Registered PMC students are required to contact the PMC, 613-520-6608, early each term to
ensure that your instructor receives your Letter of Accommodation no later than two weeks before the first
assignment is due or the first in-class test/midterm requiring accommodations. If you require accommodations
for your formally scheduled exam(s) in this course, please submit your request for accommodations to PMC
by November 7, 2008 for December exams, and by March 6, 2009 for April exams."
You can visit the Equity Services website to view the policies and to obtain more detailed information on
academic accommodation at http://carleton.ca/equity/accommodation
Outline - LAWS 5904 X 2 Winter 2009
How does law define, facilitate, justify, and address violence? This course will examine the relationship
between law, legality, and collective violence with a focus on international law.
What is war, and how do war, terrorism, and crime differ? How is violence in (and) against military
interventions understood and justified? How do the morality and legality of violence change across time and
space? How is organized violence organized around ideas of race, gender, and sexuality? How is violence
represented in visual culture, literature, and law?
Theoretical readings, including texts by Mahmood Mamdani, Robert Cover, Carl Schmitt, and Edward Said
will be combined with case studies focusing on facets of the current war on terror.
Please get a copy of Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness at a local bookstore of your choice (or online).
The course pack will be available in the Legal Studies Graduate Student Lounge and in the Chet Mitchell
Reading Room.
Please note the availability indications in the outline next to the readings. Materials marked [lexis-nexis] are
available through lexis-nexis, and you are responsible for locating them. (If you should have trouble accessing
them, please ask me.) Materials marked [pdf] or [WebCT] are posted on WebCT.
- Class presentation and participation: 15%
- Three short essays: 15% each (45% combined)
- Research paper: 40%
- Class presentation and participation: This graduate seminar relies on informed participation and
discussion. The presentations should provide a short (5 min) critical analysis of the text(s) and set
a possible frame for further discussion. Presentations should not summarize the text(s).
- If everyone brings their own critical perspectives on the texts to the table, we will be able to gauge the
range of possible interpretations and critiques of the texts. Thus, everyones active participation is
crucial for the success of the class. Participation presumes, of course, that you have read the texts
- Short essays offer either a critical analysis of a key issue from assigned readings or make an
independent argument on the basis of the assigned texts. You choose the readings you write about
in 4-5 pages (double-spaced). Short essays should mainly rely on critical analysis and conceptual
arguments, not on outside research. Essays are due at the beginning of the class for which the
reading covered in the essay is assigned. Late essays are not accepted. The first essay has to be
submitted no later than January 27th. The second essay is due no later than March 3rd. The third
essay is due no later than March 24th. You cannot write an essay engaging with the same text
that you are giving a presentation on.
Outline - LAWS 5904 X 3 Winter 2009
- The Research Paper allows you to develop a more sustained and complex argument. The desired page
length is 15-20 pages (double-spaced). The research paper is due on April 10th. Over the course of
the term, you will have to submit an initial paper topic statement (due on February 24th) and a
paper draft (due on March 17th). Those are mandatory but not graded. I will not mark final
research papers from students who have not submitted a detailed paper outline or draft. You
cannot pass the class without submitting an outline/draft.
1. January 6th
2. January 13th
Approaching Law & Violence
Antonio Cassese, International Law, 2nd edition (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press,
2005), 399-434, 463-481.
Robert Cover, "Violence and the Word" in Narrative, Violence, and the Law, ed. Martha Minow,
Michael Ryan, and Austin Sarat (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995), 203-238.
[course pack]
Mahmood Mamdani, "The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency," London Review of
Books, 8 March 2007, online: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n05/mamd01_.html
Walter Benjamin, "Critique of Violence" in Reflections, ed. Peter Demetz (New York: Schocken,
1978), 277-300.
Mahmood Mamdani, Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
(New York: Pantheon, 2004).
Hannah Arendt, On Violence (New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1970).
3. January 20th
Locating International Law, Then and Now
Brett Bowden, "The Colonial Origins of International Law: European Expansion and the Classical
Standard of Civilization," Journal of the History of International Law, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2005), 1-23.
Derek Gregory, The Colonial Present (Malden: Blackwell, 2004), 1-29, 47-75. [course pack]
Richard Tuck, Rights of War and Peace: Political Thought and the International Order from Grotius