DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE LAW - 2017/8
Module code: LAW2091
School of Law
HAMILTON M Dr (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 24
Tutorial Hours: 6
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||FINAL 3000 WORD COURSEWORK||80|
|Practical based assessment||GROUP/INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION||20|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module is interdisciplinary in nature, tracing the private and public conceptualisations of domestic violence through changing political, economic, and legal cultures. Domestic violence has until recently been a largely neglected area of criminal justice research and policy. Yet the last few decades have witnessed significant changes in the attention that politicians and criminal justice officials give toward modifying existing legal structures and crafting new policies designed to address the unique nature of domestic violence offending and victimisation. The module covers victimisation and perpetration, laws and policies, and criminal justice responses regarding domestic violence. Domestic violence in the United Kingdom is a focus, yet comparative contexts across the globe are considered as well.
Help students develop skills in analysis, communication, and debate.
Provide an overview of the nature and forms that domestic abuse can take, such as physical, sexual, economic, emotional, psychological, and pet abuse.
Introduce various relationship categories underlying domestic violence, such as intimate partner abuse, dating abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse.
Assess the impacts that domestic violence can have on individual victims, their families, and communities.
Explore cases and controversies in historical and contemporary societies regarding domestic violence.
Provide an historical overview of informal and formal social control tools employed (or not) to combat domestic violence.
Explore the key theoretical explanations for victimisation and perpetration of domestic violence offenses.
Draw theoretical insights from the academic domains of criminology, victimology, psychology, sociology, and legal studies.
Examine the responses of police, prosecutors, and judges to domestic violence cases.
Consider the effectiveness of domestic violence policies and laws.
|Demonstrate an understanding of the tensions that characterise historical and contemporary criminal justice processes with respect to domestic violence.||KCT|
|Identify the nature and forms that domestic violence may entail.||KCPT|
|Identify and contextualise the multiple impacts that domestic violence can have on victims, their families, and communities.||KCPT|
|Explain how an increasingly globalised economy and culture may impact criminal justice laws and policies regarding domestic violence.||KCPT|
|Identify core dimensions effecting our understandings of domestic violence, including the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, and social class.||KCPT|
|Show awareness of contemporary developments in laws and policies focused upon domestic violence, and analyse their effectiveness.||KCPT|
|Identify key theoretical explanations for victimisation and perpetration of domestic violence.||KCPT|
|Explain the ways to identify the primary aggressor in cases suggesting mutual battering.||KCPT|
|Explain how domestic violence is portrayed by the media and whether such portrayals are accurate, or distorted and why.||KCT|
|Explain what effects public presentations may have on perpetrators committing acts of domestic violence and public opinion about these offenses.||KCPT|
|Critically assess the new legislation concerning coercive control.||KCPT|
|Critically assess police responses to domestic violence calls and arrest policies.||KCPT|
|Recognise the components of evidence-based batterer intervention programs.||KCT|
|Analyse the civil protective order regime and its effectiveness.||KCPT|
|Debate the efficacy of victim-oriented policies.||KCPT|
|Critically assess prosecutorial policies and charging discretion in cases of domestic violence.||KCPT|
|Critically assess punishments assessed domestic violence perpetrators.||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Understanding domestic violence
Types and intents
Contextualising abusive relationships
Theoretical explanations for perpetration and victimisation in domestic violence
Power and control
Cycle of violence
Connection between sports and domestic violence
Battered women’s syndrome
Laws and policies regarding domestic violence
Specialised family violence statutes
Influence of committee reports
New coercive control statute
Policing domestic violence
Domestic violence disclosure scheme
Investigating technology use in stalking
Civil protective orders
Prosecuting domestic violence crimes
Vulnerable victims and witnesses
Courts and sentencing
Domestic violence advisers
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce topics and contextualise their importance to criminal justice practices. Case studies as well as the results of empirical research on topics of interest are critically assessed. Each week’s materials are not to be read in isolation, but are designed to build on the cumulative knowledge students should gain as the module moves forward. Students are asked to consider, with a nuanced and critical analysis, why certain conduct regarding domestic violence has been criminalised or not and why. We consider the moral and policy considerations that legislators face in deciding to criminalise behaviors and the punishments that they tie to unlawful acts. The recently enacted English law on coercive control is a particular focus.
The learning and teaching methods include:
An emphasis on interactive class discussion and debate.
Encouragement in spotting relevant social, policy, and legal issues.
Assigned readings and lecture material are integrated with class exercises.
Forms of media (film, audio, and print) highlighting issues relevant to the course content will be incorporated.
The class presentations are designed to encourage students to structure material and to effectively present ideas and arguments orally, as public speaking is a common practice in a legal career.
Students will be encouraged to ask respectful questions of interest during the group/individual presentations given by other students.
The summative coursework is designed to allow students to demonstrate learning from the written materials, class discussions, and exercises.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as critical thinkers and oral communicators, while additionally showing their mastery of the course material and their engagement with relevant literature.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Group/Individual class presentation; and
Final essay at the end of the module
Seminars involve group activities. Students will receive ongoing individual feedback during seminars and oral feedback on group activities.
Students will be encouraged to discuss their planned group or individual presentation to get feedback from the course convenor prior to their scheduled presentations.
Students will be afforded the opportunity to gain written feedback via a formative assessment (1,500 word coursework) that will not count toward the final grade but may improve the students’ summative assessments.
Will be given orally on the class presentation.
Reading list for DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE LAW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/law2091
Programmes this module appears in
|Law LLB (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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