26.11.2018

Violence Studies

Violence is a complex and challenging phenomenon. High-level research and education are needed in order to understand and mitigate its effects and solve related problems. In recent years, the demand for research and expertise on violence and its consequences has been observed within various fields. It is viewed as a serious issue particularly among experts and professionals in health and social care as well as education. Violence in the context of working life and, for example, the role and relationship of culture, arts and journalism to violence, are highly topical themes. They are highlighted in the practices of everyday life and in public debate as well as in national and international scientific forums. Various fields need researchers, experts and professionals who have studied violence as well as its manifestations and effects. In addition to the required theoretical qualifications, these experts must have the ability to apply their competences.

 Violence research at the University of Jyväskylä

In the violence research conducted at the University of Jyväskylä, the main focus has been on violence outside the sphere of the organised state monopoly on violence. The key areas have included the forms of violence encountered in daily life, institutions, media and culture. In addition to research and education in social and behavioural sciences, research and education with a humanistic, theoretical and philosophical orientation are also prerequisites for dealing with violence as a social problem and challenge. The violence research undertaken in various subjects at the University of Jyväskylä provides an excellent opportunity to respond to this challenge together with local, national and international partners. Our strengths include a high theoretical level of research and close connections between research and practice, which provide a basis for nationally and globally outstanding research and teaching in Violence Studies.

Violence Studies programme at the University of Jyväskylä

Both in Finland and abroad, attention has been paid in the past years to increasing research on violence and developing related education. Various international treaties ratified by Finland also include a similar requirement. Finland has so far had no established, university-level, research-based programme that would respond to the challenges brought by different manifestations of violence and their effects. In order to improve the situation, the University of Jyväskylä’s violence researchers and research projects have created international and national networks, carried out long-term cooperation in research and teaching, and established partner networks with grass-roots actors as well. The researchers in our projects have been responsible for teaching related to violence since the 1990s. In autumn 2017, the University of Jyväskylä launched the multidisciplinary Violence Studies programme (30 ECTS credits).

Violence Studies programme