London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

This course provides a comprehensive grounding in theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches to woman and child abuse; whilst the main focus is on the UK, intellectual and practical approaches from across the globe are drawn on; modules encompass all forms of violence against women and child abuse, including sexual exploitation, domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful traditional practices; the course content and required work is cross disciplinary addressing sociology, social policy criminology, criminal justice, gender studies and social research; themes covered include the history of how woman and child abuse became social problems, definitions and conceptual boundaries, connections between forms of violence against women and child abuse, the theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations when researching abuse, the current knowledge base on incidence, prevalence, evidence'based policy and promising practices in responding to victims/survivors and perpetrators, what we know about prevention and contemporary theoretical and policy debates, including on intersectionality and critical men's studies.

Course Modules

Core modules: Violence against women (issues, research and policy); sexual exploitation of children and young people; sexual violence (causes, consequences and interventions); researching communities. Plus 1 from: Collecting life histories; protecting children; researching women's history; children and families (policy and practice); finding gender in the archives; women, gender and human rights; evaluation (principles and practice); dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject and/or experience of developing/delivering policy or service provision in the field; a degree in an unrelated subject and lower qualifications may be acceptable if balanced by extensive relevant experience; applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in both written and spoken English; all applicants are interviewed.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
PgCert £3,900  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PgCert £2,665  Whole course. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £885  Credit module. First year home fees