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Gender-based Violence, Health and Healthcare, 5 Credits

Swedish name: Genusbaserat våld, hälsa och sjukvård

This syllabus is valid: 2021-08-30 and until further notice

Course code: 3FH089

Credit points: 5

Education level: Second cycle

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

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Established by: Programme council for Master Programmes in Public Health, 2021-05-26


The course is aimed both at researchers, activists/volunteers and practitioners working in healthcare, public health, and gender-based violence. It aims to provide an overview of gender-based violence from both an international and national perspective, focusing on the relationship between gender-based violence and health, and the role of the healthcare system in responding to gender-based violence.

The course is structured in four parts, each of them including lectures and a seminar/panel discussion. The first and second parts focus on the extent of the problem of gender-based violence, its connection with health, theoretical explanations and definitions and the evolution of institutional responses to gender-based violence. The third part focuses on the healthcare responses to gender-based violence, both from an international and national perspective, including a critical analysis of the consequences of the (bio)medicalization of gender based violence. The fourth part examines different aspects of gender-based violence in relation to different types of violence (for example sexual violence) and/or different groups. Here, issues regarding e.g. functional variation, age, sexuality and racialization are examined.

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After this course the student is expected to:

  • Understand different definitions and theoretical explanations of gender-based violence. 
  • Understand the connections between the sustainable development goals and gender-based violence, especially in relation to goals 3, 5, and 16.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of central themes and concepts in relation to gender-based violence, especially in relation to the role of the healthcare system.
  • Understand the role of the healthcare system in responding to gender-based violence.

Skills and Abilities
After this course the student is expected to have:

  • Ability to explain the extent of the problem and critically evaluate existing indicators and measurements of gender-based violence.
  • Ability to discuss gender-based violence, its connections to gender-based discrimination and its impact on health.
  • Ability to analyze the intersection of gender and other categories within the field of gender-based violence.

Judgement and approach
After this course the student is expected to:

  • Written and orally reflect on acquired knowledge about gender-based violence and apply it in order to understand, analyze or improve the participants' own research and/or practice.

Required Knowledge

90 ECTS in health, healthcare, social sciences, gender studies fields or equivalent foreign higher education. English proficiency equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish Upper secondary education.

Form of instruction

Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars and written individual and group assignments. It is divided in four blocks of sessions with different topics. Participation in the seminars and in the three preparatory meetings for the final assignment is compulsory.

It is a distance course. The seminars and compulsory sessions will be live sessions conducted via Zoom and in the classroom (with the possibility of attending either in person or via Zoom). The course will run along 4 months, with a 25% dedication. The seminars and compulsory sessions will be held at fixed times while the rest of the course content can be accessed online by the students at their own path.

Teaching language: English.

Examination modes

The course is examined on a continuous basis through participation in two meetings where participants will provide feedback to a peer, oral presentation of an individual report during the 3rd compulsory meeting and submission of a final written individual report. The assessment of the final report will be the basis for the grade, which will be on a scale Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). Course grade is determined by the grade the student has obtained on the independent report at the examination.

In the event of absence from or a failed grade in mandatory sessions, the examiner decides on a replacement assignment.

The student is entitled to five examinations. A student who has completed two examinations for a course or part of a course without achieving a pass has the right to have a different examiner appointed, unless special reasons dictate otherwise (Chapter 6, Section 22 of the Higher Education Ordinance). A request for a new examiner is submitted to the Programme Council of the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
Deviations from the course syllabus' examination may be made for a student who has been subject to a decision granting pedagogical support due to a disability. Individual adaption of the examination form shall be considered based on the student's needs. The form of examination is adapted within the framework of the expected study results of the course syllabus. At the student's request, the course coordinator shall promptly decide, in consultation with the examiner, on the appropriate form of examination. The decision shall then be communicated to the student.

Further instructions regarding examinations and the awarding of grades are issued by the course coordinator at the beginning of the course.


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