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Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 422

Violence against Women: A Global Perspective (Revision 3)

WMST 422 course cover

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Opened in Moodle, August 18, 2010. WGST 422 replaces WMST 422.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online.


Area of Study:Social Science

Prerequisite:None. WGST 266 or other introductory women’s studies course is strongly recommended.

Precluded Course:WMST 422. (WGST 422 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 422.)

Centre:Centre for Work and Community Studies

WGST 422 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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The course examines the subject of violence against women from a human rights perspective. The extent, forms, and impact of violence against women are explored from national and global perspectives. The course looks at the impact that specific social, cultural, political, and economic factors have on women’s vulnerability to and experience of violence worldwide.


Unit 1: Violence against Women: A Global Perspective

Unit 2: Intimate Partner Abuse

Unit 3: Sexual Violence against Women

Unit 4: Women, Sexual Violence, and Exploitation

Unit 5: Strategies and Solutions


To receive credit for WGST 422, you must complete four (4) written assignments, achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on Assignment 4 and an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) or better for the entire course. A failing grade of “F” will be assigned when the weighted composite score is 49 percent or lower or when Assignment 4 does not receive a passing grade. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign. 1 Mini Research Paper Assign. 2
Mini Research Paper
Assign. 3
Minor Research Paper
Assign. 4 Major Research Paper Total
15% 15% 20% 50% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Burn, S. M. (2005). Women across cultures: A global perspective (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Monzini, P. (2005). Sex traffic: Prostitution, crime and exploitation. London & New York: Zed Books.

Sev'er, A. (2002). Fleeing the house of horrors: Women who have left abusive partners. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Bain, B., Cranney, B., Delaney, D., Jiwani, Y., Kler, D., Lakeman, L., Lewis, S., Odette, F., Spencer, L., & Webb, A. (Eds.). (2006). Ending woman abuse. Canadian Woman Studies, 25(1,2).

Other Material

Course materials include study guide, and a course manual.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, June 10, 2008.

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Last updated by SAS  05/26/2015 16:03:40