Gender Justice and Violence: Feminist Approaches* (Single Module)

The module is aimed at practitioners and activists working in the fields of domestic abuse/sexual violence/gender equality.

The module is aimed at practitioners and activists working in the fields of domestic abuse/sexual violence/gender equality. It is for both men and women who want to be more effective at taking action to tackle violence against women and work for gender justice. It will also be of interest to other professionals, students and citizens who would like to develop their knowledge, get involved in campaigns or consider employment in this field. The module is suitable for Continuing Professional Development and also forms part of QMU’s degree BSc (Hons) Public Sociology. 

The aims of the module are:

  • to introduce an overview of gender based violence as global and social injustice;
  • to explore and critically examine explanatory frameworks for male violence against women, and the links between theory and practice; and
  • to provide a foundation for critical reflection and engaged action in commitment to gender justice Understanding men's use of violence against women and children, the social construction of gender norms and roles, and the importance of women’s movements in campaigning against such violence, is central to the gendered analysis of injustice and power relationships in the home and throughout society.

Gender Justice, Masculinities and Violence draws on this analysis to examine violence against women and struggles for gender justice in historical and political contexts. Participants will have the opportunity to explore theories and debates within feminist movements and amongst academics and activists concerned with social justice in the 21st century.

The course covers:

  • Definitions and key concepts
  • The history of violence against women as a social problem
  • Research on prevalence, contexts and consequences of gender based violence (including domestic abuse, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, globalisation, harmful cultural practices)
  • Gender, violence, feminism and new social movements
  • Constructions of masculinity
  • Explanatory frameworks and theories
  • Connecting theory and practice and working for gender justice

Teaching will reflect the principles of active, collaborative and experiential learning.

*in Partnership With Scottish Women’s Aid


Entry requirements

No prior qualifications are required, but you should have some awareness and understanding of issues concerning gender-based violence, including domestic abuse and sexual exploitation and should be in sympathy with the aims of the movement to eradicate violence against women.

Key details

Outcomes: 20 credit points at SCQF level 10.

Start Date: For confirmation of start date, please contact the staff member named below.

Location/Attendance: Attendance at two 2-day workshops in Edinburgh is required. The remainder of study is at home or in your workplace. Under COVID-19 precautions the course will be largely delivered online in 2021, with one half day workshop on campus with social distancing if permitted.

Professional registration: This course does not offer professional registration.

Fees: 2020/21 entry is £620. The course is also available without credit (price £155).

Fee Waiver: If you are in receipt of any form of state benefit (including Working Tax credits) and are studying part-time at undergraduate level then you may be eligible for a Fee Waiver .

For further information, including application process, please contact: Eurig Scandrett +44 (0)131 474 0000 escandrett@qmu.ac.uk


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