• Class Number 9187
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Mai Sato
    • Dr Imelda Deinla
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course addresses the diversity, scale and character of violence beginning with a review of theoretical explanations about causes and concluding with an analysis of remedies for both individual and collective violence and aggression, with a particular focus on violence against women in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Both individual and collective events of violence are covered in this course through case studies such as mass violence, institutional forms of violence, and sexual offences. The course focuses on four main approaches - law, health, crime, and regulation. Policy and interventions by states, local communities, and civil society are examined, including the prevention and elimination of violence in different contexts will be critically discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the key approaches to explaining violence.
  2. Analyse critically and compare the impact and responses on violence against women from law, health, crime, and regulation perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of state and non-state actors and institutions in contributing to or in the prevention and elimination of violence against women in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
  4. Demonstrate capacity for evidence base research and evaluate strategies used to prevent and end violence.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate the main ideas about the causes of, and responses to, violence

Research-Led Teaching

Most of the case studies to be discussed are part of ongoing research or findings undertaken by guest lecturers in the course.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The state of VAW in Australia and Asia Pacific Nature, forms, causes and prevalence of VAW History and theories of violence against women Renzetti, et al. Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, 2nd ed. California, Sage Publications (2011) Htun, Mala and Weldon, Laurel. The Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence against Women in Global Perspective, 1975-2005, The American Political Science Review; Washington Vol. 106, Iss. 3, (Aug 2012): 548-569. Arat, Zehra F Kabasakal. Feminisms, Women's Rights, and the UN: Would Achieving Gender Equality Empower Women? The American Political Science Review; Washington Vol. 109, Issue. 4, (Nov 2015): 674-689. Sokolov, Natalie and Dupont, Ida. Domestic Violence at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender. Vol. 11, No. 1, Violence Against Women (January 2005) Guest lecturer: Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert
2 The state of VAW in Australia and Asia Pacific Locating VAW within the human rights framework VAW as health and development issue Sally Engle Merry. Constructing a Global Law-Violence against Women and the Human Rights System. Volume 28, Issue 4, Law and Social Inquiry (October 2003) Sarkin, Jeremy. A Methodology to Ensure that States Adequately Apply Due Diligence Standards and Processes to Significantly Impact Levels of Violence Against Women Around the World, Human Rights Quarterly; Baltimore Vol. 40, Issue 1 (Feb 2018) World Health Organization. Multi Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women (2006) World Health Organization. Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence (2013) Heise, L. and Garcia-Moreno, C. Violence by Intimate Partners in Krug, Etienne et al. World Report on Violence and Health. Geneva, World Health Organization (2002) Krantz, Gunilla and Garcia-Moreno, Claudia. Violence against women. Volume 59, Issue 10, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, (2005) Kerridge, Bradley T; Tran, Phu. Husband/Partner Intoxication and Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the Philippines. Volume 28, Issue 6, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, (09/2016)
3 Violence against women, power and culture Impact of politics and culture in perpetuating VAW Case study: gendered culture and VAW in the Pacific True, Jacqui. The Political Economy of Violence Against Women: A Feminist International Relations Perspective. Vol. 32 The Australian Feminis law Journal (2010) Park, Hijin. Interracial Violence, Western Racialized Masculinities, and the Geopolitics of Violence Against Women. Vol. 21, Issue 4, Social & Legal Studies, 12/2012 Terman, Rochelle. Islamophobia, Feminism and the Politics of Critique. Volume 33, Issue 2 Theory, Culture & Society (03/2016) Kuperberg, R. Intersectional Violence against Women in Politics. Volume 14, Issue 4, Politics & Gender, 12/2018, Chowdhury, Elora Halim. Negotiating State and NGO Politics in Bangladesh: Women Mobilize Against Acid Violence. Volume 13, Issue 8, Violence Against Women (08/2007) Guest lecturer: Assoc. Prof Miranda Forsyth
4 Differential impact of VAW on women in vulnerable conditions: minorities and refugees Case study: VAW in Muslim communities and refugees in Australia Case study: VAW among minorities in Myanmar Buxton-Namisnyk, Emma. Does an intersectional understanding of international human rights law represent the way forward in the prevention and redress of domestic violence against indigenous women in Australia? Volume 18 Issue 1 Australian Indigenous Law Review (2014/2015) Hilary Faxon, Roisin Furlong & May Sabe Phyu. Reinvigorating resilience: violence against women, land rights, and the women's peace movement in Myanmar. Vol. 23, No. 3, Gender and Development (2015) Guest lecturer: Ms Sandra Wright
5 Violence against women and the role of institutions Gendered roles and gendered institutions Case study: church-based VAW and institutional responses in Australia Brickell, Katherine. Clouding the Judgment of Domestic Violence Law: Victim Blaming by Institutional Stakeholders in Cambodia, Vol 32, Issue 9, 2017 Journal of Interpersonal Violence Stephanie Ketterer Hobbis. Mobile phones, gender-based violence, and distrust in state services: Case studies from Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea Vol. 59, No. 1 Asia Pacific Viewpoint, April 2018 Anastasia Powell, Kim Webster. Cultures of gendered violence: An integrative review of measures of attitudinal support for violence against women 2018, Vol. 51(1), Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 40–57 Vaughan, Cathy; Jarallah, Yara; Murdolo, Adele; Murray, Linda; Quiazon, Regina; et al. The MuSeS project: a mixed methods study to increase understanding of the role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting migrant and refugee women experiencing violence in Australia. Vol. 19, BMC International Health and Human Rights (2019) Raymond, Leigh; Weldon, S Laurel; Kelly, Daniel; Arriaga, Ximena B; Clark, Ann Marie. Making Change: Norm-Based Strategies for Institutional Change to Address Intractable Problems Vol. 67, Issue 1, Political Research Quarterly (Mar 2014): 197-211
6 Violence against women in conflict/post-conflict situation Case study: Historical review of VAW and the wars in Cambodia Case study: VAW in Sri Lanka Sara E. Davies, Nicole George and Jacqui True. The Difference that Gender Makes to International Peace and Security Volume 19, 2017, Issue 1. International Feminist Journal of Politics Davies, Mathew. Women and Development, Not Gender and Politics: Explaining ASEAN's Failure to Engage with the Women, Peace and Security Agenda Vol. 38, Iss. 1, Contemporary Southeast Asia (Apr 2016): 106-127 Nicole George & Lia Kent. Sexual violence and hybrid peacebuilding: how does silence ‘speak’? Volume 2, 2017 - Issue 4, Third World Thematics. pp 518-537 Guest lecturer: Professor Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
7 Violence against women and the law Domestic, regional and international legal framework of VAW VAW under the criminal justice system, issues and challenges Case study: Violence against women and children in aboriginal communities The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence Against Children in ASEAN
8 Violence against women and the law Case study: women in the Shari'ah courts in Indonesia Case study: legal innovations on VAW in the Philippines Melissa Bull, Nicole George & Jodie Curth-Bibb. The virtues of strangers? Policing gender violence in Pacific Island countries. Policing and Society (2017) Jayne Curnow. Legal Support Structures and the Realisation of Muslim Women’s Rights in Indonesia, Vol 39, Issue 2, Asian Studies Review (2015), 213-228 Peletz, Michael G. Are Women Getting (More) Justice? Malaysia's Sharia Courts in Ethnographic and Historical Perspective. Vol. 52, Issue 3, Law & Society Review (2018): 652-684
9 Researching violence against women Issues and challenges in conducting research on VAW Securing ethics approval for VAW research GIS mapping of VAW Ellsberg M, and Heise L. Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists. Washington DC, United States: World Health Organization, PATH, 2005 Guest lecturers: Dr Sandy Potter Ms Sandra Wright
10 Regulation and community responses against VAW Regulating VAW: the role of communities and families Impact of service deliveries such as health and therapeutic interventions Restorative justice as alternative form of justice to VAW Strang, Heather and Braithwaite, John, eds. Restorative Justice and family violence. Cambridge University Press 2002 Guest lecturer: Mary Ivec
11 Role of civil society and private actors addressing VAW Case study: civil society and women's movement in Malaysia Foley, Rebecca. Muslim Women's Challenges to Islamic Law, The Case of Malaysia International Feminist Journal of Politics, Volume 6, 2004 - Issue 1
12 Group presentations of any desired topic

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class participation 10 % 22/07/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,5
Group presentation (to be delivered on Week 12, 25 October 2019) 10 % 25/10/2019 28/11/2019 2,3,5
Research and writing plan, 1,000 words (deadline for submission on Week 10, 11 October 2019) 20 % 11/10/2019 28/11/2019 3,4
Major essay 3,500 words (deadline for submission on 22 November 2019) 60 % 22/11/2019 28/11/2019 4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 22/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Class participation

You will be assessed on your contribution in class - please make sure you do the required reading in advance and engage in class discussion. You will be required to submit two questions based on the required readings each week (based on topics listed on Wattle), on the day before the class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5

Group presentation (to be delivered on Week 12, 25 October 2019)

Your group will be assessed on:

  • Evidence of relevant research and analysis
  • Organization and delivery of the presentation 
  • Q&A after the presentation (was the group able to answer questions with accuracy of information or informed opinions?)    

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 11/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Research and writing plan, 1,000 words (deadline for submission on Week 10, 11 October 2019)

Your writing plan should include:

  • Proposed title
  • Summary of your research question
  • Proposed structure of your essay
  • Preliminary bibliography

Assessment Task 4

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 22/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4,5

Major essay 3,500 words (deadline for submission on 22 November 2019)

Your essay will be based on your assessment task 2 (research and writing plan) and should not exceed 3,500 words.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Mai Sato
02 6125 3207

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