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SP30129: Sexual violence: explanations, responses & debates

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take SP10043 or take SP10044
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* 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 responses to these crimes
* To critically assess court responses to these crimes
* To analyse contemporary debates about the effectiveness of perpetrator treatment programmes
* Outline and discuss sexual violence as an international concern.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the 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 response 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 an international framework.


* To think creatively and analytically.
* To communicate an 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 plagiarism, 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.

Explanations of sexual violence; gender and crime; rape and sexual assault (including male rape); domestic violence; police responses; court responses; voluntary sector responses; working with offenders (sex offender treatment programmes, domestic violence treatment programmes).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30129 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB14 : BSc (hons) Applied Social Studies (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHSP-AFB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.