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This course will introduce students to the contemporary issue of violence in society and its impact on the community. A broad overview will be provided of five main areas of violence: child protection; family violence; youth violence; institutional and cultural violence; and, crime and deviance.
The problem of violence has become one of the most critical concerns of our society, affecting people of all ages, across all cultures and social groupings. This course will introduce students to the contemporary issue of violence in society and its impact on the community. The course provides students with an opportunity to develop theoretical and research informed knowledge and an appreciation of human service responses to this issue. The course will also teach students to analyse the diversity of factors that influence national and international programme development and policies. Course content covers a range of topics: human rights; child protection; family violence; youth violence; violence toward animals; institutional and cultural violence; and, crime and deviance.
To examine the social, economic and political implications of violence on New Zealand societyTo introduce the area of family violence, including violence in intimate relationships, elder abuse and violence perpetrated by children / young people To explore issues relating to institutional and cultural violence, in particular violence that occurs through the actions of an organisation or the people who are its agentsTo consider institutional and cultural violence as extending beyond direct acts of physical and psychological aggression to incorporate the violation of civil, political and social rightsTo consider inter-species violence and oppressionTo consider formal and informal social responses to violenceTo examine a range of intervention paradigms relevant to this issue
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Kate van Heugten
Domestic fee $799.00
International fee $3,600.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences