Global Contexts of Violence - Gender Related Violence in the Landscape of Global Vulnerabilities

5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 29 October 2018 — University of Oulu

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Course dates

29 October 2018 – 14 December 2018

Registration period

3 September 2018 – 5 October 2018

Coordinating university

University of Oulu


PhD Suvi Pihkala



Course Dates: 29.10.2018-14.12.2018
Registration Dates: 3.9.2018-5.10.2018
Coordinating University: University of Oulu
Coordinator: Suvi Pihkala, e-mail suvi.pihkala(at)
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course Summary
Gender-based violence and violence against women (VAW) are among the central and persistent challenges to human rights globally, and ones that need to be tackled collectively and in a consistent manner. This is a need clearly enunciated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) where violence against women and girls is explicitly addressed.

During the course, we examine the key concepts and forms of gender-related violence and their relations with tradition and culture, and with the contemporary crisis in the environmental and geopolitical landscapes (such as forced migration, climate change, as well as political conflicts and war). The course participants will engage in mapping global landscapes of vulnerability that are constituted both by continuities and disruptions, and in critically contemplating gender-related violence in connection. The course familiarizes students with gender-related violence as it is addressed in central human rights and sustainability policies, and engages students in critically and analytically rethinking their own understandings and possibilities for action against gender-related violence through interdisciplinary gender and feminist research.

The objectives of the course are to introduce the key concepts in interdisciplinary research on gender-related violence, and to illustrate through multidisciplinary research examples the diverse forms of violence and the ways gender-related violence is entangled with contemporary global vulnerabilities. Furthermore, the course objective is to support students in understanding and engaging in ethically sustainable manner with the challenge of gender-related violence through better understanding of the concepts and forms, policies, good practices and key stakeholders in the efforts to take action against violence.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to define basic concepts in interdisciplinary research on gender-related violence and analyze the ways diverse culturally, historically and politically entangled forms of violence traverse in local realities, their individual and societal effects, as well as the ways gender and other intersecting dimensions are entangled in their manifestations.

Students can recognize and give examples of central policies and practices related to the prevention of gender-based violence and reflect their own thinking, knowledge, and practices in relation to gender-related violence and to apply the theories of gender-related violence in practice.

Course learning methods
Pre-assignment given upon acceptance to the course; reading of assigned materials; individual or small group tasks based on literature and detailed in four thematic modules; study journal based on reflective analysis of the course topics, including a self-assessment.

Course materials

The learning materials will be provided in the e-learning platform and consist of research articles and book chapters, as well as wide range of publicly available materials; including policy documentations related to the course topics (such as Human Rights documents, UN Sustainable Development Goals, CEDAW).

Methods for assessment and feedback of student performance

Based on the completion of the course activities and the journal, the teacher will evaluate the course on a scale of 0-5.

Additional information
Maximum 30 students will be accepted to the course (first come first serve). The course is suitable for students from various fields with interest in Gender studies perspective.

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