Free online course on violence against women

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International online learning provider FutureLearn is offering a free online course on violence against women, starting this week.

The course, Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities takes two hours a week for six weeks.

The course descriptions says

"The United Nations considers violence against women to be a grave violation of human rights of epidemic proportions. Such violence has profoundly negative consequences for individuals, communities and entire societies.

This is why violence against women is a priority issue for governments and societies around the world.

On this course you will learn about the roots of violence against women, the principles of gender inequality at its centre and most importantly, how to challenge entrenched attitudes that impact women the world over."

Key topics covered include:

  • Key concepts – Gender, Power and Violence
  • Defining and explaining Violence Against Women
  • Impact of Violence Against Women from a range of perspectives
  • Media and Cultural representations of Violence Against Women
  • Public and Professional responses to Violence Against Women
  • Preventing Violence Against Women – national and international approaches

The course has been developed and will be taught by Roisin McGoldrick and Anni Donaldson from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

FutureLearn is owned by The Open University and develops courses in partnership with universities and other institutions.

The course is available for free without a certificate, or to receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to pay $54 and mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

New Zealand based online learning

Online courses developed in New Zealand include:

Modules on trauma awareness developed by Werry Workforce Whāraurau in partnership with the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

eLearning Basic Awareness & Child Protection developed by the Safeguarding Children Initiative.

Education and training

For further information on face to face courses in New Zealand (including tertiary study), see our Education and training pages.

Please note that course listing does not constitute endorsement by the Clearinghouse as we are not able to review the training provided.