* To analyse key theoretical explanations of rape and sexual assault.
* To examine competing definitions of what constitutes sexual violence.
* To outline debates around the extent of adult rape and sexual assault.
* To explore the experiences of survivors of these crimes.
* To understand the links between sexual violence and domestic violence.
* To critically assess voluntary sector responses to these crimes.
* To critically assess police reponses to these crimes.
* To analyse contemporary debates about the effectiveness of perpetrator treatment programmes.
* Outline and discuss sexual violence as an international Human Rights concern.
By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
* Outline and analyse key historical and contemporary explanations for sexual violence.
* Critique official and non-official statistics on the extent of sexual violence.
* Access a range of sources of information about sexual violence and service provision in the UK.
* Critically assess key theoretical debates on the causes of and responses to sexual violence.
* Outline and evaluate changing statutory responses to rape and sexual assault in the UK.
* Outline and evaluate changing voluntary sector responses to rape and sexual assault in the UK.
* Contextualise UK debates within a Human Rights/international framework.
* To think creatively and analytically.
* To communicate and argument.
* To evaluate others' arguments and research.
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying).
* To place local debates within an international and global context.
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.).
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* To utilise problem solving skills.
* Study and Learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing).
* Basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information).
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills.
* To construct a bibliography.
* Time-management and administrative skills.
* Communication and debating skills.
* To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* To solve problems in a variety of situations.
* To manage time effectively and respond to changing demands.
* To prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills.
Explanations of sexual violence; gender and crime; rape and sexual assault (including male rape); domestic violence; sexual violence as a Human Rights Concern (e.g. rape as a war crime); prostitution; police responses; voluntary sector responses; working with offenders (sex offender treatment programmes, domestic violence treatment programmes).