Courses & Units

Preventing Violence Against Women: Theory, Policy and Practice HGA338



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


This unit provides the foundations for a critical understanding of theories, policies and practices in relation to the prevention of violence against women. It aims to increase students’ knowledge of the current empirical research in relation to violence against women; to introduce students to various theoretical approaches to understanding and dealing with violence against women; to explore the role of social and political structures in reinforcing violence against women and to develop knowledge, and skills in preventing violence against women.


Unit name Preventing Violence Against Women: Theory, Policy and Practice
Unit code HGA338
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations|Sociology and Criminology

Dr Romy Winter

Teaching staff

Dr Romy Winter

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the links between gender inequality and violence against women.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex interplay of factors which underpin violence against women.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of current policies addressing violence against women.
  4. Identify the impact of legislative frameworks and the machinery of government on policies addressing violence against women.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations and potential for progressive anti-violence polices within the state.
  6. Identify ways in which you can contribute to strategies for addressing violence against women.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090501

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Weekly workshop (1 hour)

Off Campus:
Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Weekly online discussion topics and exercises


Task 1: Briefing paper, 2000 words (40%)

Task 2: Essay, 3000 words (50%)

Task 3: Class participation (10%)

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