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Unit information: Gender based Violence in 2021/22

Unit name Gender based Violence
Unit code SPOL30029
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Levell
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit considers gender based violence (GBV) and abuse, that is, harm inflicted on people because of their gender. GBV is mostly mostly male on female and happens in different settings though the domestic is most common. There is therefore an emphasis on domestic and other kinds of intimate violence including sexual, emotional, psychological and physical assault. The unit also covers rape and sexual abuse outside the home, forced marriage, pornography, sexual harassment and links between the abuse of humans and other animals. Consideration will be given to various theoretical perspectives on GBV, including feminist insights, and to the gendered nature of violence against both children and adults. Some history of the social movements against the abuse of women, both nationally and internationally, is included, and the whole is placed within a context of social policy responses.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Critical understanding of the nature, definitions and scope of gender based violence in a national and international contexts.
  2. Knowledge of the history and development of social action in relation to gender based violence both in the UK and in international contexts.
  3. Give an account and an assessment of the international forms of gender based violence, and social policy responses.
  4. Understanding of theoretical approaches to gender based violence, and their application in policy and practice.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through blended learning involving a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including weekly lectures, practical activities supported by study group sessions and self-drected exercises.

Assessment Information

Part 1: Annotated bibliography (1000 words) (25%) - ILO's 1 & 2. Part 2: 3000 word essay (75%) - ILO's 1,3,4.


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