Sexual Violence

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sexual Violence

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Applied Behavioral Science, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Ethics, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Justice Studies, Social Policy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CRIM 212; one 200-level course from ANTH, CRIM, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PSYC, PUBL, SOSC, SPOL

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course is designed to introduce students to the issues and concepts central to an understanding of sexual violence. The focus of the course is on the study of adult rape/sexual assault and child sexual abuse. The course explores the causes, characteristics and consequences of sexual violence, examining issues for both the victims and offenders of these crimes. Topics covered may include theories of sexual offending, criminal justice system responses, victim impacts and survival, rape prevention, and offender treatment programmes.

    Course Content

    In the first half of Crim 324 we will explore the history of sexual violence, and social, legal and cultural factors that influence the incidence of this type of crime and how it is responded to. In the second half of the course we will explore sexual violence in relation to specific contexts and consider the diversity of perpetrators and victims. In the final lecture we will focus specifically on the prevention of sexual violence.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the key theories and concepts associated with rape and child sexual abuse.
    • Develop an understanding of the different contexts in which sexual violence can take place.
    • Understand and be able to critically discuss the different criminal justice responses to victims.
    • Understand and be able to critically assess the different approaches to offender treatment.
    • Demonstrate in written form a critical awareness and analysis of a self-selected aspect of sexual violence.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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