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Aggression and Violence

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

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Module Name:

Aggression and Violence

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Module Convener

Kirsty Lee

Module Teachers


Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with foundational knowledge of human aggression and violence across the life span, guided by theoretical frameworks.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the strengths and limitations of theoretical frameworks for the study of aggression and violence

  • Identify and evaluate research on the topic of aggression and violence

  • Compare and critically assess a range of research methodologies for examining aggression and violence

  • Review and discuss real-world interventions for aggression and violence

  • Evaluation of risk and protective factors for aggression and violence

Assessed by:

Presentation & exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks


One 2 hour lecture per week


One seminar per week


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:






Module Programme

This module will cover a range of topics on human aggression and violence, including: Theoretical frameworks for the study of aggression and violence; Sex differences; Developmental trajectories; Intergenerational transmission; Environmental and genetic influences; Sibling aggression; Peer bullying; Intimate partner violence; Child maltreatment.

Module Reading List

Vazsonyi, A. T., Flannery, D. J., & DeLisi, M. (Eds.). (2018). The Cambridge handbook of violent behavior and aggression. Cambridge University Press.
Tremblay, R.E., Hartup, W.W., and Archer, J. (2005). Developmental Origins of Aggression. New York, Guilford Press.