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Gendered Violence, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Bekönat våld

This syllabus is valid: 2020-09-07 valid to 2020-09-13 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2KC027

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Gender Studies: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS)

Revised by: Director of Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), 2019-09-18


This course deals with gendered violence as a theoretical policy issue. Taking departure from a variety of feminist and intersectional approaches the course will address questions such as: What is violence? How can violence be gendered? What are the relationships between violence, gender and power? How can gender-based violence be understood, addressed and responded to? How are notions of gender equality and violence linked?

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student shall have the ability to:
- show knowledge about gendered violence from critical feminist perspectives,
- independently identify and formulate relevant questions regarding gendered violence from feminist perspectives, 
- independently and in a critically sophisticated way apply relevant critical theories and methods on empirical or theoretical problems related to gender and violence.
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for the personal competence development.

Required Knowledge

A minimum of 90 university credits in one main field including an individual essay carrying at least 15 university credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.

Form of instruction

The course is a full time on-line course in English. The course is taught entirely through an electronic Learning Management System where the student takes part in lectures, mandatory assignments and other learning activities. The studies are characterized by a high degree of independent and active search for knowledge, and critical reflection, both individually and in groups.

Examination modes

Examination takes place through fulfillment of two parts:
1) Mandatory assignments during the course,
2) Individual written assignment.
For part 1 the grades are Fail (U) or Pass (G). For part 2, as well as for the whole course, the grades are Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with Distinction (VG). The grade for the whole course in based on the examination of part 2. The whole course is not graded until part 1 is fulfilled.
Students have the right to apply to have a previous education or experience evaluated for transfer of credits.


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