Course Title: Advanced Practice in Preventing Violence Against Women

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Practice in Preventing Violence Against Women

Credit Points: 12.00

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 postgraduate course assumes you have successfully completed the course: JUST2344 Preventing Violence Against Women. Students without this assumed knowledge should consult the course coordinator prior to enrolling in this course.

Course Description

The primary prevention of violence against women requires a combination of policy, programs, activities and advocacy that address its underlying causes; namely gender inequality as well as other intersecting inequalities. This course offers practical and advanced skills in implementing and monitoring primary prevention programs, consistent with the Australian national framework, and in a range of key settings. The course is structured to equip you with the knowledge to facilitate program implementation, report on program processes and outcomes, and engage in policy and media advocacy for primary prevention of violence against women.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

CLO 1: Identify and critically analyse activities, curriculum and practice elements that address the key goals of a primary prevention program or strategy.

CLO 2: Apply and reflect on the effectiveness of practical skills required in program implementation, workshop facilitation, and the monitoring of progress towards change.

CLO 3: Identify and critically assess primary prevention policy and advocacy from local and global perspectives.

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

• 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 online modules and 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 One: PVAW Activity, Implementation & Monitoring Plan (45%). Assesses CLO 1 and 2.

Assessment Two: Reflection on mock group facilitation (15%). Assesses CLO 2.

Assessment Three: PVAW Communication Strategy, Sample Media Release & Key Messages Toolkit (45%). Assesses CLO 2 and 3. 


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 Disability Liaison Unit 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