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PMWOMCDA - MA Woman and Child Abuse

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Arts Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Advanced Diploma in Professional Development
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS  
Part-time 2 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The MA in Woman and Child Abuse is the only course in the UK that addresses all forms of violence against women and child abuse and the connections between them. The course is delivered by a world-leading specialist research unit (the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit), and content is continuously refreshed, building on CWASU’s own research portfolio and engagement with state of the art research on violence against women and children. Core modules introduce students to theoretical frameworks including feminist perspectives, empirical data, law, policy and practice responses. Optional modules offer students opportunities to tailor the course to their specific interests e.g. human rights, global perspectives, research methods and children and families. The primary modes of delivery will be lectures/presentations, seminars and workshops, combined with small group discussions. Students are expected to prepare for sessions through directed reading and/or collating and analysing data and information. Core modules are delivered in block format (six days each) to enable students to fit the course around work commitments, particularly those who do not live in London.

Course aims

The overriding aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive grounding in the theories, research and policy and practice approaches to child and woman abuse. The course content and required work will be cross disciplinary addressing criminal justice, social policy, protection, prevention and health and well-being. Students on the course will study the historical approaches to a range of forms of physical, sexual and psychological/emotional abuses of women and children, what research reveals about connections at the levels of causation, practices and consequences and how these abuses are responded to in the diverse communities that comprise the UK and internationally.

The specific aims of the course are to develop:

  1. an overview of the various forms of child and woman abuse, the connections between them and debates with respect to their definition/s;
  2. a critical understanding of the theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations when researching child and woman abuse;
  3. a strong grasp of the current knowledge base with respect to incidence, prevalence, perspectives of victims, perpetrators and responders;
  4. an awareness of the historical shifts in perspectives, policies and practices with respect to gender and generation;
  5. knowledge of current areas of consensus and debate with respect to evidence based policy and practice in the UK and internationally where applicable;
  6. experience applying course content to their own working context.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.

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

  • apply methods and techniques appropriate to their own research or advanced scholarship in Woman and Child Abuse
  • apply knowledge with originality, based on a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Woman and Child Abuse
  • evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Woman and Child Abuse
  • evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • exercise self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Apply methods and techniques appropriate to their own research or advanced scholarship in Woman and Child Abuse:

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy
Researching Communities
Qualitative Research
Survey Design and Practice
Quantitative Data Analysis
Evaluation: Principles and Practice

- Apply knowledge with originality, based on a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Woman and Child Abuse:

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy
Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and
Interventions
Researching Communities

- Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Woman and Child Abuse.
Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy:

Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and
Interventions
Crime and Offender Patterns

- Evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses:

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy
Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
Researching Communities
Qualitative Research
Survey Design and Practice

- Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and nonspecialist audiences:

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy
Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and
Interventions
Global Social Policies
Crime and Offender Patterns
Promoting Equality, Human Rights and Active
Citizenship
International Child Law and Human Rights Law

- Exercise self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level:

Context and Practice of Criminal Psychology
Researching Communities
Evaluation: Principles and Practice
Children and Families: Policy and Practice
Promoting Equality, Human Rights and Active
Citizenship

- Advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level:

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy
Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and
Interventions
Women Gender and Human Rights
International Child Law and Human Rights Law

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations Researching Communities Learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development:

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and
Policy
Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and
Intervention.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

N/A

Assessment strategy

Skills and learning outcomes are assessed through essays, coursework (including annotated bibliographies and briefings for policymakers) individual presentations and the dissertation. Optional modules may also include reports and examinations as assessments.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

N/A

Course specific regulations

N/A

Modules required for interim awards

PG Dip Woman and Child Abuse: 4 taught core modules plus 1 Designated Option module and 1 Elective module.

PG Cert Woman and Child Abuse: Sexual Exploitation of Children & Young People, Violence Against Women plus 1 Designated Option module.

Career opportunities

The course is particularly suited to those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence. It is also excellent preparation for those who are wishing to establish careers in this sector.

Our graduates have gone on to key roles in policymaking or service delivery at local, regional and national levels, and some pursue further studies to PhD level, including with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good honours degree in a relevant subject
  • experience of developing/delivering policy or service provision in the field (though the course is also relevant to those with a professional interest in violence against women and children)
  • extensive relevant professional experience may be acceptable if you do not have sufficient academic qualifications

If you don't meet the entry criteria for the MA you have the option of taking a core module as a short course and on successful completion of assessments, you can then apply to join the MA.

Everyone who applies for the course is interviewed, with importance placed on the statement of application. Please contact the course leader, Dr Maddy Coy, via m.coy@londonmet.ac.uk to talk about making an application or if you have any questions about the course.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 02 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L300 (Sociology): 100%
Route code WOMCDA

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS7146 Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People Core 20 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH SUM    
SS7147 Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Po... Core 20 NORTH AUT    
SS7148 Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Inter... Core 20 NORTH SPR    
SS7168 Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions Core 20 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    
SS7P38 Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation Core 60 NORTH AUT   NA
          NORTH SPR   NA
GI7004 Researching Public Services Option 20 NORTH SPR MON PM
GI7010 Human Rights and the International Order Option 20 NORTH SPR MON EV
GI7073 Human Security Option 20 NORTH SPR THU PM
SH7058 Children and Families: Policy and Practice Option 20 NORTH SUM    
SS7080 Crime and Offender Patterns Option 20        
SS7085 Psychology and Crime Option 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
SS7152 Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Reg... Option 20 NORTH AUT THU EV
EL0000 Elective Option 20        

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS7146 Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People Core 20 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH SUM    
SS7147 Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Po... Core 20        
SS7148 Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Inter... Core 20 NORTH SPR    
SS7168 Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions Core 20 NORTH SPR    
SS7P38 Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SPR   NA
GI7004 Researching Public Services Option 20 NORTH SPR MON PM
GI7010 Human Rights and the International Order Option 20 NORTH SPR MON EV
GI7073 Human Security Option 20 NORTH SPR THU PM
SH7058 Children and Families: Policy and Practice Option 20 NORTH SUM    
SS7080 Crime and Offender Patterns Option 20        
SS7085 Psychology and Crime Option 20        
SS7152 Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Reg... Option 20        
EL0000 Elective Option 20