Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 422

Violence against Women: A Global Perspective (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

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

Precluded Course: WMST 422 and WGST 522 (WGST 422 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 422 or WGST 522.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Position Paper 10%
Assignment 2: Short Research Paper 20%
Assignment 3: Minor Research Paper 25%
Assignment 4: Major Research Paper 45%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Burn, S. M. (2019). Women across cultures: A global perspective (4th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.


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.

Other Material

The course materials include a study guide. All other materials will be accessed online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

The Challenge for credit has two components: a major research paper and an invigilated examination. To receive credit you must complete both components and achieve a grade of D (50 percent) or higher on each activity. Credit will be awarded as either a pass or fail.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 4, May 10, 2012.

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