Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Violence Against Women

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will cover the various definitions of violence against women, going in to the various forms, including the main form, that of domestic violence. Causes and effects of violence against women will be explored. The dynamics of violence against women and domestic violence will be considered and discussed. This will be seen from the various perspectives such as of those experiencing it directly, as well as those who perpetrate it, and those who ‘witness’ the abuse, such as, in cases of domestic violence, often the children.

Services available in the area will also be considered, both in the way of public and private resources. Developments in this field in Europe will also be discussed.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To familiarise students with the concept of violence against women and domestic violence;
- To explore and consider the causes and effects of violence against women and domestic; violence and help the students reflect on the wide ranging consequences;
- To help the students understand the above from the different perspectives of those involved/affected;
- To equip them with knowledge on the legislation, services and resources available, mainly locally, but also more widely, in Europe.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- prepare a critical presentation on resources available, from a specific perspective;
- demonstrate a better understanding of the concepts and dynamicsinvolved in violence against women and domestic violence from different perspectives;
- demonstrate an increased awareness of the circumstances and the experiences of persons experiencing violence against women and domestic violence
- demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge on violence against women and domestic violence in relation to the local and the European context

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- prepare a concise and focused presentation on one element of a complex issue
- apply their increased knowledge, awareness and understanding to their daily lives and the lives of those around them

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bancroft, L. (2002). Why Does He Do That?. New York: Berkely Books.
- Bradley Berry, D. (2000) The Domestic Violence Sourcebook. 3rd Ed. USA: McGraw HIll.
- Collis, S. (2013). Hearing Young People Talk about Witnessing Domestic Violence. London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Deltufo, A. (1995). Domestic Violence for Beginners. New York: Writers and Readers.
- Dobash, R.E & Dobash, R.P. (1992) Women, Violence and Social Change. London: Routledge.
- Dugan, M.K., & Hock, R.R. (2006). Its my Life Now. 2nd Ed. New York: Routledge.
- Hague, G. (2012) Understanding Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence in Childhood. London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Lombard, N. & Mcmillan L. Eds (2013). Violence Against Women. London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Mullender, A., Hague, G., Imam, U., Kelly, L., Malos, E. & Regan, L. (2002, 2010) Children's perspectives on Domestic Violence. London: Sage.

Specific readings will be given for the individual lectures.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 20%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Beverley Abela
Marceline Naudi (Co-ord.)

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