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    Exploration of theoretical and empirical work that looks for a solution to the problem of sexual violence. Engagement with and critical evaluation of a variety of prevention approaches.

    Sexual violence is an ongoing problem in our society. This paper examines theoretical approaches to the prevention of sexual violence. Diverse and transdisciplinary contributions will be considered, including those from psychology, sociology, public health, and women's and gender studies. Of central concern will be unpacking gendered assumptions about women and men, looking at how they contribute to the "cultural scaffolding of rape". Students will be encouraged to think about how prevention efforts can continue to move forward to prevent sexual violence.

    About this paper

    Paper title Interventions in Sexual Violence
    Subject Gender Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level GEND or SOCI points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with GEND334 passed in 2016 or 2017.

    This paper will be available to Gender and Sociology majors and minors, Criminology minors, and others interested in the topic who meet the prerequisites.


    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Melanie Beres

    Paper Structure
    The paper is fully internally assessed. Students will be working on their own theoretically engaged prevention projects.
    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Understand various methods of looking at prevention of sexual violence
    • Understand critiques and limitations of these prevention strategies
    • Develop new ways of thinking about sexual violence prevention


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    T2 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
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