APG4224 - Gender, violence and society: Criminal justice responses - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon


Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2018 (Flexible)




The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).


In this unit, students will examine key aspects of criminal justice response to gendered violence and relevant changes in policing and courts. Students will identify a specific area for sustained investigation. Focused on this area, students will undertake a targeted review of the relevant criminological academic literature and complete an independent research exercise. This research will be supervised by the Unit Coordinator with input from other staff as appropriate.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. analyse and explain criminal justice responses to gendered family violence;
  2. engage with a variety of critical and theoretical debates focused on legal responses to family violence;
  3. identify and critically evaluate the extant literature about this issue;
  4. differentiate and appraise a range of methodological approaches that have been used to police family violence;
  5. communicate in both oral and written formats about this issue;
  6. devise, prepare and complete a research project.
  7. students at 4th year level will be able to self-determine the research process, demonstrating a higher level of rigour and discernment in their assessment tasks.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention

Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention