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Women's Studies (WMST) 422
Women, Violence, and Social Change (Revision 2)

Revision 2 closed, replaced by current version.

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Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 3 - Social Science

Prerequisite: None. WMST 266 is strongly recommended.

Centre: Centre for Work and Community Studies

WMST 422 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed to describe male violence against women, discuss its causes, and examine various strategies to eliminate it. The discussion situates violence within a socio-political perspective, but also refers to psychological issues. The course considers both feminist and non-feminist explanations and strategies.


Unit 1: The Theory

Unit 2: The Prevalence of Violence against Women

Unit 3: Backlash and Violence by Women

Unit 4: Public Violence and Violence by Strangers

Unit 5: Dating Violence

Unit 6: Wife Assault

Unit 7: Male Violence against Women: Implications for Treatment

Unit 8: Social and Legal Policies on Violence against Women

Unit 9: Seeking Solutions


To receive credit for WMST 422, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign. 1 Telephone Quiz Assign. 2
Mid-term Exam
Assign. 3
Final Exam
Assign. 4 Project Total
10% 25% 25% 40% 100%


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

Course Materials


DeKeseredy, W., & MacLeod, L. (1997). Woman abuse: A sociological story. Toronto, Canada: Harcourt Brace Canada.

Johnson, H. (1996). Dangerous domains: Violence against women in Canada. Toronto, Canada: Nelson Canada.

Other Material

Course materials include study guide, student manual, reading file, and forms.