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Gendered Violence, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Bekönat våld

This syllabus is valid: 2021-03-08 valid to 2022-06-26 (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), 2020-09-17


This course deals with gendered violence as a theoretical, human rights and 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:
Knowledge and understanding: 
  • understand and explain different definitions of gendered violence. 
  • understand and explain gendered violence from critical feminist perspectives.
Skills and abilities: 
  • independently apply relevant critical theories 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.  
Judgement and approach:
  • independently identify and formulate relevant questions regarding gendered violence feminist perspectives.
  • be able to, orally and in writing, present an independent analysis related to central questions regarding gendered violence. 

Required Knowledge

To be admitted to the course applicants must have completed three semesters of full time studies, equivalent to 90 ECTS, of which at least 15 ECTS must be an independent project or four semesters of full time studies equivalent to 120 ECTS.
English proficiency equivalent to English A/5 from Swedish Upper secondary education.

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.

Other regulations

Students have the right to apply to have a previous education or experience evaluated for transfer of credits. For more
information, see:


Valid from: 2021 week 24

Abu-Lughod Lila
Seductions of the “Honor Crime”
Included in:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press : 1989- : 22 : pages 17-63 :

Addressing violence against women: a call to action
Garcia-Moreno C, Zimmerman C, Morris-Gehring A, Heise L, Amin A, Abrahams N, Watts C
The Lancet : 2015 :
Reading instructions: pp. 1685-1695

Boyle Karen
What’s in a name? Theorising the Inter-relationships of gender and violence
Sage Publications : 2018 :
Reading instructions: pp. 19-36

Re-Theorizing Intimate Partner Violence through Post-Structural Feminism, Queer Theory, and the Sociology of Gender
Cannon Clare, Lauve-Moon Katie, Buttell Fred
Social sciences : 2015 :
Reading instructions: pp. 668-687

Carbin Maria
The requirement to speak : Victim stories in Swedish policies against honour-related violence
Included in:
Women's studies international forum : h [Elektronisk resurs] b a multidisciplinary journal ...
Oxford : Pergamon P. : 1982- : 46 : pages 107-114 :

Hegemonic masculinity? : rethinking the concept
Connell R. W., Messerschmidt James W.


Corrigan Rose
Building Theory and Making Change: The Challenges ofStudying Feminist Activism
Cambridge University Press : 2013 :
Reading instructions: pp. 489-493

Crenshaw Kimberlé
Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence against Women of Color
Included in:
Stanford law review.
Stanford, Calif. : School of Law : 1948- : pages 1241-1299 :

Demetriou Demetrakis Z.
Connell's Concept of Hegemonic Masculinity: A Critique
Included in:
Theory and society
Amsterdam ; London ; New York : Elsevier Scientific Publ. : 1974- : Vol. 1- : Vol.30 : pages 337–361 :

Enander Viveka
Violent women? : the challenge of women's violence in intimate heterosexual relationships to feminist analyses of partner violence
Included in:
London : Taylor & Francis : 1998- :

“I Wasn’t a Priority, I Wasn’t a Victim”: Challenges in Help Seeking for Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Guadalupe-Diaz Xavier L, Jasinski Jana
Sage Publications : 2017 :
Reading instructions: pp. 772-792

Gendered and Social Hierarchies in Problem Representation and Policy Processes: “Domestic Violence” in Finland and Scotland
Hearn Jeff, McKie Linda
Sage Publications : 2010 :
Reading instructions: pp. 136-158

Hearn Jeff
The sociological significance of domestic violence: Tensions, paradoxes and implications
Sage Publications : 2012 :
Reading instructions: pp.152-170

Hernández Miriam
“Killed Out of Love”: A Frame Analysis of Domestic Violence Coverage in Hong Kong
Sage Publications : 2018 :
Reading instructions: pp.1454-1473

Howe Adrian
Every time you said "penis" : (Men's) violence, victim advocacy and impermissible speech
Included in:
Australian feminist studies
Adelaide : Research Centre for Women's Studies, University of Adelaide : 1985- :

Frames in Contestation: Gendering Domestic Violence Policies in Five Central and Eastern European Countries
Krizsan Andrea, Popa RM
Sage Publications : 2014 :
Reading instructions: pp.758-782

Kuokkanen Rauna
Gendered Violence and Politics in Indigenous Communities
Routledge : 2015 :
Reading instructions: pp. 271-288

Strid Sofia
Intersectionality and Multiple Inequalities: Visibility in British Policy on Violence Against Women
Oxford Academic : 2013 :

Violence against women during covid-19 pandemic restrictions
Roesch Elisabeth, Amin Avni, Gupta Jhumka, García-Moreno Claudia
Included in:
BMJ (British Medical Journal) [Elektronisk resurs]
1988- : 369 :

Redefining Intimate Partner Violence Beyond the Binary to Include Transgender People
Yerke A.F, DeFeo J
Journal of Family Violence (2016) 31: 995-998. : 2016 :
Reading instructions: pp. 975-979

Development policies, intimate partner violence, Swedishgender equality and global health
Öhman Ann, Emmelin Maria
Elsevier Ltd : 2014 :
Reading instructions: pp. 115-122