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HSVP 300 Violence: Origins and Explanations

This course examines causes and underlying factors that account for violence in American Society. Students examine the extent, causes and challenges of violence in today's society. For those students who work in the human services field, this course prepares them to identify and critique methods and strategies for addressing violence. It may be taken alone or as the first of three core courses required for the community violence prevention minor. Prerequisite: Courses in psychology or sociology.

Special information

Prerequisite: Courses in psychology or sociology.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 14, 2014 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze violence as it relates to social norms and values.
  • Apply knowledge of theories of violence to a case study.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, socio-cultural, and micro-sociological contexts of violence.
  • Explain and integrate at least three theories related to the causes of violence.
  • Interpret violence as portrayed by popular culture and as reposted in the news media.
  • Relate an analysis of violence to one's own views and experiences.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Violence: Origins and Explanations Gibbons, Roberta Books for HSVP-300-50 Fall 2024 Course details for HSVP-300-50 Fall 2024