SP374 Half Unit
Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Tim Newburn (OLD 2.40a)
This course is available on the BSc in International Social and Public Policy, BSc in International Social and Public Policy and Economics, BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics and BSc in Social Policy and Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.
This course is only available to third year undergraduate students
Some familiarity with sociology and/or criminology would be an advantage, but is not a formal prerequisite. Anyone unfamiliar with criminology can find a full introduction to the subject in: Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology, London: Routledge, 3rd Edition. An easier, quicker overview can be found in: Newburn, T. (2019) Criminology: A very short introduction,Oxford: OUP
This course focuses on urban or collective violence, or what more colloquially tend to be referred to as 'riots'. From Hong Kong and Santiago to the Gilets Jaunes in Paris and the uprisings in America after the death of George Floyd and during the Presidential election, this is a subject of great contemporary relevance.
The course will consider the various approaches that have been taken to this subject - via history, psychology and sociology - and, focusing on particular examples, the course will examine some of the core issues in the field including: the causes and consequences of riots; psychological versus sociological explanations; the role of race/ethnicity; the impact of traditional and new social media on the nature and organisation of rioting; the role and changing nature of the policing of urban disorder; and how riots might be understood both historically and comparatively.
Courses in Social Policy will follow the Teaching Model which has been adopted by the Department of Social Policy during the period of the pandemic. This is outlined HERE: https://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/teaching-in-the-department-of-social-policy
This course will be taught through a combination of either a recorded lecture plus a follow-up Q and A session or a ‘live’ on-line lecture; and classes/seminars of 1-1.5 hours (with size and length of classes/seminars depending on social distancing requirements).
Further information will be provided by the Course Convenor in the first lecture of the course.
The course will be delivered in Michaelmas term.
Students will be required to write and submit one piece of formative coursework for assessment and feedback.
This will be an essay outline - in effect the outline of their summative essay, including a full introductory paragraph.
- Katz, J. (2016) Culture within and culture about crime: The case of the ‘Rodney King riots’, Crime, Media, Culture
- Moran, M. and Waddington, D. (2015) Recent riots in the UK and France: Causes and commonalities, Contention, 2, 2, 57-73
- Newburn, T. (2015) The 2011 English riots in recent historical perspective, British Journal of Criminology, 55, 1, 375-392
- Newburn, T. (2021) The causes and consequences of urban riot and unrest, Annual Review of Criminology, 4, 53-71
- Reicher, S. D. (1984) The St Pauls’ riot: An explanation of the limits of crowd action in terms of a social identity model, European Journal of Social Psychology, 14, 1-21
- Waddington, D. (1998) Waddington Versus Waddington: Public Order Theory on Trial, Theoretical Criminology, 2: 373-394
- Castells, M. (2015) The Egyptian Revolution, in Goodwin, J. and Jasper, J.M. (eds) The Social Movements Reader, Oxford: Blackwell
- King, M. and Waddington, D. (2006) Flashpoints revisited: a critical application to the policing of anti-globalization protest, Policing and Society, 15, 3, 255-282
- Marx, G. (1972) Issueless riots, in Short, J. and Wolfgang, M. (eds) Collective Violence, Chicago: Aldine
- Newburn, T., Cooper, K., Deacon, R. and Diski, R. (2015) ‘Shopping for Free’? Looting, consumerism and the 2011 riots, British Journal of Criminology, 55 (5): 987-1004
- Proctor, R., Crump, J., Karstedt, S., Voss, A. and Cantijoch, M. (2013) Reading the riots: what were the police doing on Twitter?, Policing and Society, 23, 4, 413-36
- Stott, C. and Drury, C. (2017) Contemporary understanding of riots: Classical crowd psychology, ideology and the social identity approach, Public Understanding of Science, 21, 1, 2-14
Coursework (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.
The coursework (100%) will comprise a single summative essay. Students will have considerable input in deciding the precise focus of their individual summative work.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2020/21: 17
Average class size 2020/21: 8
Capped 2020/21: Yes (15)
Value: Half Unit
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