• Class Number 5571
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Judy Putt
    • Dr Judy Putt
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course explores the links between gender, violence, and development in Melanesia and the Pacific. We introduce and critically examine concepts of violence – especially those used by development practitioners – and their usefulness for the region.
Each week, we look at pressing development issues in the region such as poverty and economic empowerment, political participation and human rights, sorcery and religious beliefs, rapid cultural change, urban migration, and health challenges, and we ask about the relationship of violence and gender to these challenges. 
This course encourages students to ask questions such as, are development problems the source or the outcome of violence (or both)? How do men and women feature differently in violence and its effects? How are different groups and actors in the region trying to address violence and its effects? Our frames of reference for examining the links between gender, violence, and development include the state, the family, the village, and the urban neighbourhood in Melanesia and the Pacific.
We draw on the extensive academic and applied expertise of researchers in the ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program. The course is meant for postgraduate students as well as practitioners interested in gender, development and violence in the region and beyond. 


Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify different concepts of violence and apply this knowledge to understand case studies from the region
  2. Identify and reflect on key concepts that link gender and violence, such as gender violence, and relate these to development issues and practices.
  3. Reflect on and communicate ways that development may shape or contribute to violence as well as how different actors are trying to change violence
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, writing, discussion and public presentation. 

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 Introduction to the course
2 Understanding gender
3 Conceptualising violence
4 Contexts: causes and responses
5 Domestic and family violence Literature review is due by 6 September 2021
6 Sexual violence
7 Addressing gender based violence: frameworks and programs
8 Addressing gender based violence: women's leadership and networks
9 Access to justice
10 Violence prevention
11 Researching gender based violence
12 Class presentations Student oral presentations; written case studies due 30 October

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 10 % 03/12/2021 1, 2, 3, 4
Literature Review 30 % 06/09/2021 2 & 3
Case Study and Class Presentation 60 % 30/10/2021 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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: 03/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Class Participation

Based on overall student contributions to in-class and online discussions. See above.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2 & 3

Literature Review

Based on overall student contributions to in-class and online discussions, particularly assessing their knowledge of the readings. Participation is about a deeper engagement with the material, making the course your own, and building a community of inquiry. We ask students to:

• Contribute questions (minimum 2) and discussion topics (minimum 1) related to the readings to the Discussion Forum on a weekly basis (both online and on-campus students). Due by Monday night of each week so we can use them in class on Tuesday.

• Respond online to questions/topics that are posted in the Discussion Forum

• Each student will also be asked to lead at least one class discussion of the weekly readings.

• Note - a guide/rubric that explains assessment of contributions will be proposed in Week 1

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 30/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Case Study and Class Presentation

At the end of the course, students will write a 3,000-word essay that focuses on a thematic or policy issue related to the course that brings together the issues of gender and violence, and the significance of development as a driver and a response. They will be expected to review the relevant literature to critically analyse key arguments and demonstrate their understanding of what sort(s) of violence is apparent, how gender plays into the problem, and assess if/how development practices or policies are contributing to the issue at hand. Students must consult with the course convenor before commencing the project. Assignments will be graded on the basis of analytical content, scholarly rigour, clarity of expression, and accessibility and persuasiveness of the class presentation. This satisfies Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

Written Submission Week 13 (30 October) 50% Students will produce a case study, or an analysis of a real world development issue that links to gender and violence. This assignment has two components: a written analysis of 3,000 words and an oral presentation (length to be determined depending on number of students enrolled). Oral presentations and discussion will take place during class on Tuesday 23 October 2021. Online students will submit a powerpoint with voice over or a short video presentation (3-5 minutes). Both online and in class students will provide some peer feedback on presentations. The written component is due by 11:55 pm 30 October 2021. Please submit your assignment via Turnitin on wattle. We will discuss this assessment in more detail in class and we encourage you to request individual support from the convenor.At the end of the course, students will produce a case study. The topic must be approved in advance by the course convenor.

This assignment has two components: a written analysis of 3,000 words and a 15-minute oral presentation.

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

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR 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 Judy Putt

Research Interests

Crime and safety, gender based violence, access to justice

Dr Judy Putt

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Dr Judy Putt

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