SS7147 - Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module runs in block mode.
In 2014-15 it should run in Autumn Semester - 9, 10, 23, 24 October
20 and 21 November
This module introduces students to the range of forms of violence against women, their prevalence and consequences: intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, FGM and crimes in the name of honour. We will address explanatory frameworks and perspectives, including human rights, and critically assess current policy approaches.
Prior learning requirements
Within an intersectional framework:
- to introduce students to the range of forms of violence against women
- to familiarise students with the current knowledge base on prevalence of, relationships and contexts for violence and its short and long term consequences
- to locate the emergence of the issues within social movement and social problem analysis
- to critically assess explanatory frameworks and contemporary policy responses
Violence Against Women
Critical engagement with theory, concepts and definitions
Feminist challenges to traditional research methods
Assessing the evidence base
From private matters to public issues - social movement and human rights perspectives
Explanatory frameworks: from simplistic gender power to gender orders and intersectionality, the continuum of violence
Intimate Partner Violence
The current knowledge base: prevalence, extent and context of violence
Working with men as perpetrators
Harmful traditional practices in a globalised world
FGM, forced marriage and crimes in the name of honour
The current legal framework, law enforcement and health based responses
Trafficking and the international sex industry
Femicide and feminicide
Learning and teaching
This module is delivered over 6 days, 10am - 5.00pm. An introductory first 2 days, and 2 further blocks of 2 days will be spread over the teaching semester of 11 weeks. The teaching methods will include groupwork, lectures, guest lectures, workshops, and appraisal of audio-visual material. Recommended reading will be available to support each session. Additional electronic material and lecture notes will be made available via Weblearn.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
1. identify the extent and consequences of a range of forms of VAW
2. analyse the emergence of the issues
3. link trends in UK policy responses to the international context
4. apply key explanatory frameworks and analyse current debates
Students should prepare a 2 page briefing paper for policymakers (between 500-750 words) from a list of topics provided. The briefing can be tailored to a specific geographic region, including the UK. This assessment is to be handed in on day 5 of the course.
Students will be provided with a list of titles for the 3,500-4,000 word essay during Day 3. If a student wishes to focus on an issue or debate not covered in the list, it may be possible to devise an alternative title, however this must be agreed with the module convenor and must be able to evidence learning outcomes 2-4.
Students must pass both components
Coursework 100% - a briefing paper and extended essay.
Buzawa, E, Buzawa, C & Stark, E. (2011) Responding to Domestic Violence: The Integration of Criminal Justice and Human Services London: Sage
Connell, R.W. (2009) Gender Cambridge: Polity Press (2nd edition)
Eriksson, M., Hester, M., Keskinen, S. & Pringle, K (eds.) (2005) Tackling Men's Violence in Families - Nordic issues and dilemmas. Bristol: The Policy Press
Jackson, S. & Scott, S. (2002) (eds) Gender: a sociological reader London: Routledge
Kelly, L. & Lovett, J. (2005) What a Waste: The Case for an Integrated Violence Against Women Strategy. London: DTI. Available on Weblearn.
Kennedy Bergen, R.L., Edleson, J.L. & Renzetti, C.M. (eds) (2005) Violence Against Women: Classic Papers. Boston: Allyn & Bacon
Loseke, D.R., Gelles, R.J. & Cavanaugh M.M. (Eds) (2005) Current Controversies on Family Violence (2nd Edition), London: Sage
Lundgren, E. (2004), The Process of Normalising Violence, Stockholm:
Riksorganisationen för kvinno-och tjejjourer i Sverige (ROKS). Available on Weblearn.
Women’s National Commission (2009) Still We Rise: Report from WNC Focus Groups to inform the Cross-Government Consultation “Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls” London: WNC. Available from http://www.thewnc.org.uk/publications/cat_view/143-policy-documents/90-violence-against-women.html?start=5
Women’s National Commission (2010) A Bitter Pill To Swallow: Report from WNC Focus Groups to inform the Department of Health Taskforce on the Health Aspects of Violence Against Women and Girls London: WNC. Available from http://www.thewnc.org.uk/publications/cat_view/143-policy-documents/90-violence-against-women.html