PMWOMCDA - MA Woman and Child Abuse
|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 and Professions|
|Subject Area||Criminology and Sociology|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The primary modes of delivery will be lectures/presentations, seminars and workshops within which core material is provided. These are combined with small group discussions/tasks to consolidate learning and critical engagement.
• Direct contact time includes lectures/presentations, seminars and structured workshops in which students are provided with information and expected to contribute through discussions of, e.g. articles, undertaking specific exercises, collating information to respond to specific tasks.
• In addition, students are provided with directed reading lists, references and external, e.g. internet, sources. Students are required to prepare for sessions by reading texts and/or collecting, collating and analysing data and information.
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
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Apply methods and techniques appropriate to their own research or advanced scholarship in Woman and Child Abuse
2. 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
3. Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Woman and Child Abuse
4. Evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses
5. 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
6. Exercise self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
7. Advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level
8. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
9. Learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development.
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Learning outcomes cover LO1-9
Principle QAA benchmark statements
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.
Modules required for interim awards
MA Woman and Child Abuse: 4 core modules, 1 designate, 1 elective, plus triple module dissertation
PG Dip Woman and Child Abuse: 4 core modules plus 1 designate and 1 elective
PG Cert Woman and Child Abuse: 3 core modules OR 2 core modules plus 1 designate
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
During each module, reflective time is built in to enable students to consider how learning from the course can be applied to their professional practice and/or has changed previous understandings. Small group exercises are also designed to challenge common myths and stereotypes, often using research data, which requires students to engage with multiple perspectives and develop their critical thinking skills. At the end of each day of teaching on the core modules, students are able to stay and discuss their thoughts and responses to the day’s material in small, peer support groups.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
The majority of WCA students are already in employment, often in senior roles. For those seeking to move into the field, the course leader will alert them to networks where volunteer opportunities are advertised.
The course is particularly suited to those who are looking to
• Continue academic research to doctoral level
• Conduct internal evaluation, monitoring and small scale research projects
• Develop and extend specialist services dealing with child and/or woman abuse
• Undertake policy development at a local, regional or national level where they have responsibility for delivering support and advocacy services, co-ordinating multi-agency for and/or improving the response of the criminal justice and/or health sectors.
• Deliver government and or agency policy commitments with respect to Safeguarding Children, addressing domestic violence, rape, FGM, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and other forms of violence against women.
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.
You will be required to have at least one of the following:
- 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 Sukhwant Dhaliwal, firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about making an application, or if you have any questions about the course.
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%|
Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered
|SS7146||Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People||Core||20||NORTH||SUM||WK||AM&PM|
|SS7147||Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Po...||Core||20||NORTH||AUT||WK||AM&PM|
|SS7148||Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Inter...||Core||20||NORTH||SPR||WK||AM&PM|
|SS7168||Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions||Core||20||NORTH||AUT||WK||AM&PM|
|SS7P38||Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation||Core||60||NORTH||SPR||WK||AM&PM|
|GI7004||Researching Public Services||Option||20||NORTH||SPR||MON||PM|
|GI7010||Human Rights and the International Order||Option||20||NORTH||SPR||MON||EV|
|SH7011||Healthcare Public Health||Option||20||NORTH||SPR||THU||EV|
|SH7058||Children and Families: Policy and Practice||Option||20|
|SS7059||Political Violence in a Contemporary Context||Option||20|
|SS7060||Policies, Regulatory framework for Safeguarding||Option||20||NORTH||SPR||WK||AM&PM|
|SS7062||Vulnerabilities and Risks||Option||20||NORTH||AUT||WK||AM&PM|
|SS7085||Psychology and Crime||Option||20||NORTH||SPR||TUE||PM|
|SS7173||Transnational Organised Crime||Option||20||NORTH||AUT||TUE||PM|