This course will provide overview of contemporary theoretical approaches to types and representations   of violence, including  criminal cases,  domestic, racial, ethnic, and sexual violence. It will have as an objective to review and refinement of critical analysis of ‘prevent-the-violence -thinking’ and the role of such thinking in prevention of the most frequent forms of both individual and systemic violence.

Every class will start with individual, systemic, cultural or historical case of violence. During class discussions we will use different explanatory models (scientific theories) for understanding "how-where- what" processes, and, moreover, will try to develop a variety of approaches (even impossible ones), which may be helpful in addressing the case and similar types of violent behavior.

At the end of the course special attention will be concentrated at real criminal cases which took part in the Kyrgyz Republic and were presented for psychological and psychiatric expertise.