Gendered Violence: Theory and Practice

Course code SPSW3411Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Violence has been a feature of women's and girls' lives throughout recorded history. This course is an examination of the people and institutions involved with gendered violence and aims to make critical perspectives available to students of welfare studies and gender studies while assisting them to understand the context in which policy and practice occur. It places the issues of gendered violence in a social and political context and highlights the response of state institutions through an examination of the process of policy development and implementation and practice methods utilized by various agencies including the police, the courts, refuges and prevention programs.

This course will include an examination of the issue of male violence against women and children in the domestic setting as well as the issue of female violence, the issue of same sex relationship partner violence.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:

1. the ability to analyse critically the various state interventions in the lives of those experiencing violence
2. skills in identification and analysis involving the issues involved in defining gendered violence
3. ability to describe the social, political and cultural context of gendered violence
4. recognition and ability to explore the effects of gendered violence
5. understanding and analysis of the basic assumptions, values, decision making processes and individual experiences of policy making and professionals involved in intervening in gendered violence from a state perspective.
Content1. A critical examination of the history and theory of gendered violence.
2. An exploration of the dynamics of gendered violence.
3. An examination of the issue of male violence against women and children in the domestic setting as well as the issue of female violence, the issue of same sex relationship partner violence, the trafficking of women and girls and the use of rape in war.
4. A critical examination of the role of the state, punishment, prevention and therapeutic responses to gendered violence including the institutions of the courts, the police, and health and welfare agencies including diversionary and community programs.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces HUMA3411 Gendered Violence & the State.
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3411 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of SPSW1001 is desirable but not essential.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA 2500-word essay 50%
Other: (please specify)2 hours Online problem based tasks linked to assessment 20% of total mark
Presentations - TutorialA student presentation with a written report of approximately 1500 words 30%
Contact HoursProblem Based Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Seminar: for 4 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term