Course Title: Preventing Violence Against Women.

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Preventing Violence Against Women.

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Anastasia Powell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3566

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.07

Course Coordinator Availability: Email, or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course assumes students have successfully completed foundational knowledge in one of: criminology, criminal justice, legal and dispute studies, international development, social work, youth work, or social science. Students without this assumed knowledge should consult the course coordinator prior to enrolling in this course.

Course Description

Primary prevention refers to efforts at stopping violence before it occurs, by addressing its underlying causes. Research has frequently identified gender inequality, as well as other intersecting inequalities, as the driving factors underlying violence against women in our community. This course discusses key topics such as: the role of gender and intersecting inequalities in driving violence against women; national, state and territory policy guiding Australian primary prevention efforts; case studies in good practice; primary prevention program design and evaluation; advocacy in primary prevention. The course is structured to equip students with the knowledge to design activities directed at the prevention of violence against women (PVAW) in key settings including: media, education, workplaces, and sports. Students will build on this knowledge to propose their own PVAW program in a selected setting of their choice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

CLO 1: Deconstruct and reflect on the role of gender inequality and other intersecting inequalities in driving violence against women.

CLO 2: Critically examine and apply theories of socio-cultural, socio-structural, community and organisational change to the problems of gender inequality and violence.

CLO 3: Develop critical analyses of, and propose activities for, the primary prevention of violence against women.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally using a range of modes and genres suitable for stakeholders including women, children, families, bystanders, statutory agencies, government and other professionals
  • Develop appropriate ethical responses to contemporary social and policy issues relevant to domestic and family violence problems
  • Apply reflective practice and case management skills in assessing domestic and family violence situations, while demonstrating social and cultural sensitivity
  • Design and conduct respectful and inclusive professional practice and scholarly projects relating in responding to and preventing domestic and family violence

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshop activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media.

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through weekly set readings, available online via the course site and RMIT Library, as well as a wide range of online learning resources and extended content. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


Assessment will include: 

Assessment 1Online Module TestsAssesses CLOs 1 and 220%
Assessment 2Literature Review on Evidence-Based Practice in PVAW in a selected setting Assesses CLO 1, 2 and 340%
Assessment 3  PVAW Program Design, Delivery & Reflections in a selected setting Assesses CLOs 1, 2 and 340%



If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the RMIT Equitable Learning Service if you would like to find out more: 

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca