HSRV103-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Violence in Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course will introduce students to the contemporary issue of violence in society and its impact on the community. A broad overview will be provided of five main areas of violence: child protection; family violence; youth violence; institutional and cultural violence; and, crime and deviance.

The problem of violence is one of the most critical concerns of humanity, affecting all people to varying degrees depending upon historical, cultural, and socio-economic contexts. This course will introduce students to the contemporary issue of violence in society and its impact on communities.

The course provides students with an opportunity to develop theoretical and research informed knowledge and an appreciation of human service responses to this issue. The course will also teach students to analyse the diversity of factors leading to violence as well as factors shaping societal/governmental/community responses to violence. Course content covers a range of topics including class and economic violence, colonial and neo-colonial violence, gendered violence, family violence, cultural and political violence.

Learning Outcomes

  • To examine the social, economic, and political implications of violence on New Zealand society, and globally
  • To consider institutional and cultural violence as extending beyond direct acts of physical and psychological aggression to incorporate the violation of civil, political and social rights.
  • To consider formal and informal social responses to violence
  • To examine a range of intervention paradigms relevant to this issue
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Timetable Note

Tutorial locations/times can be found at the CIS link: Tutorials
Tutorials will be held each week beginning the second week of term: – ensure that you allocate yourself a tutorial on my timetable.
There will be no tutorials in the final week of term two. It is important to attend lectures and tutorials, keep up to date with readings, plan ahead for assessments and enjoy the course content. Your tutors are there to help you navigate the course – contact your tutor if you have any questions.

Course Coordinator

Josephine Varghese


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay one 18 Aug 2023 30% 1500 words
Essay two 29 Sep 2023 30% 1,500 words
Online Test 40% Due date to be advised

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV103 Occurrences

  • HSRV103-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • HSRV103-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)