Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The focus of this course is on understanding the nature, dynamics, cause and consequences of different forms of violence and abuse. Students will examine the social, psychological and political underpinnings of violence in society, with particular attention to their gendered and intersectional dimensions. Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the dynamics of violence and to critically evaluate case examples of violence for their theoretical, policy and practice relevance.

This course is a core Social Work course, building on previous prerequisite courses and constitutes essential preparation for the third year field placement. For students from other disciplines, a prerequisite completion of 60 units of prior study is required for enrolment.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognize, define and identify types of violence and abuse across individual, family, community and societal contexts

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence, nature and impacts of violence and abuse on individuals, groups and communities.

3. Articulate theories relating to the occurrence of violence and abuse, identifying the concepts of power and control as significant factors in victimisation.

4. Critically evaluate responses to violence and trauma drawing on a range of theories, perspectives and approaches as well as relevant legislative and policy frameworks

5. Demonstrate a commitment to values of respect, social justice and human rights.

6. Examine and articulate personal values, assumptions and beliefs in response to practice scenarios and develop strategies to deal with confronting material encountered in the professional context.


In this course students will develop knowledge and skills related to:

  1. Conceptualisations and contemporary evidence regarding the occurrence and outcomes of various forms of violence and abuse including
  • Family and domestic violence and abuse (inclusive of child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, violence between family members and kin, elder and carer abuse).
  • Institutional or organisational violence and abuse
  • Group based experiences of violence and its outcomes (including Indigenous,cultural and community experiences)
  1. Theoretical perspectives informing the occurrence, outcomes and practice responses to violence in society including :
  • Theories of power and control
  • Structural theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Social construction theory
  • Domestic Violence Perspectives
  • Trauma Perspectives
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology Perspectives
  • Narrative Theory
  1. Relevant legislative, policy and practice frameworks contextualising responses to violence and abuse in Australia, including organisational and professional procedures, ethics and standards of practice will also be explored.

Course learning will be structured to :


  1. Ensure content is covered but will allow students to share and explore thoughts, values and skills. Special attention will be given to students' attitudes and emotional reactions to the material covered in this course and the implications of this for practice.
  2. Support students to have opportunities for experiential learning field visits, small group activities, exercises.
  3. Include a variety of instructional techniques, workshops, discussions, experiential learning, group learning, individual assignments, guest speakers, field visits and audio-visual and online learning.



To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 60 units, chosen from any courses offered by UON.

All students must have completed 60 units of previous study at 1000 or higher level courses.

To enrol in this course all students must have successfully completed 60 units at the 1000 level or higher.

Assumed knowledge

For Social Work students :

SWRK1001, SWRK1002, SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and concurrent enrolment in SWRK2200

For students from other disciplines:

60 units of previous study at 1000 or higher level courses.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online reflective learning activity 20%

Professional Task: Professional Report 40%

Professional Task: Podcast 40%

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.