• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Law, Sociology, Asia Pacific Studies, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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, Asia, and the 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, Asia and the 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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Group presentation (10) [LO 2,3,5]
  3. Research and writing plan, 1000 words (20) [LO 3,4]
  4. Major essay, 3500 words (60) [LO 4,5]

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This course will require 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Heitmeyer, John Hagan, eds  International Handbook of Violence, Kluwer, 2003

Teasdale, Brent, and Mindy Bradley, eds. Preventing Crime and Violence. Springer, 2016.

Preliminary Reading

Archer, Dane, and Rosemary Gartner. Violence and crime in cross-national perspective. Yale University Press, 1987.

Demmers, Jolle. Theories of violent conflict: An introduction. Routledge, 2016.

Renzetti, et al. Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, 2nd ed. California, Sage Publications (2011)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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