POPLHLTH 769 : Interpersonal and Family Violence

Medical and Health Sciences

2024 Semester One (1243) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Explores the magnitude and consequences of the problem of, and contributing factors to, interpersonal and family violence. Examines some of the major violence prevention and intervention activities currently undertaken in New Zealand. Considers how effective practices and policies might be disseminated at the individual, community, and national levels. Themes include: the epidemiology of violence, causes of violence, developing and evaluating interventions, and violence as a health issue.

Course Overview

The goals of the course are to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and core knowledge necessary to critically examine current violence intervention and prevention activities, and to develop skills for designing and implementing violence solutions.

This course will be offered in the first semester. Face to face teaching will be conducted over six days (3 times 2-day blocks).

The six days cover the following topics- 

Day 1 Definitions, theory and models 

Day 2 Measurement of the scale and consequences of violence

Day 3 Risk and protective factors

Day 4 Prevention and intervention activities and considering effectiveness

Day 5 Emerging  approaches to community and societal change to prevent and address violence 

Day 6 Student projects and ways forward

For each teaching day, there is a set of required readings which are provided. The basic format for each day session will be an initial catch-up and business period, then input from the teacher related to the topic of the day. This will continue on an input/discussion basis for the morning.

A variety of interactive teaching methods will be used, including group discussions and individual presentations. These will provide opportunities to practice critical thinking skills, and engage in robust and respectful debate. Assessments are structured to support students in the scoping, development and presentation of ideas relating to violence solutions, and can be tailored to inform your work, practice or community.

Course Requirements

Restriction: SOCHLTH 751

Course Contacts

Course Coordinator -
Associate Professor Janet Fanslow
Email: j.fanslow@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6907

Jessica Buxton , Group Services Administrator
School of Population Health
University of Auckland, Grafton Campus
Postal address: Pvt Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142.
Ph : +64 9 373 7599  Ext 89015
Email: jessica.buxton@auckland.ac.nz

Contact hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.
Preferred contact mode is email.  We are happy to talk to you on the phone or Zoom. It helps to email first, indicating what times you would be free to talk, so that we can set up a time. 
We will attempt to respond to emails and phone calls within 48 hours.

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss some of the major and systemic factors that contribute to the occurrence of family and interpersonal violence at the local, national and global levels, with reference to foundational models and approaches to understanding family violence. (Capability 3.1 and 3.2)
  2. Articulate and contrast the magnitude and consequences of the problem of interpersonal and family violence at the local, national, and global levels (Capability 3.1)
  3. Describe how we can measure the effect of a range of major violence prevention and intervention activities currently being undertaken in New Zealand with respect to their efficacy, validity and scalability. (Capability 3.2 and 4.1)
  4. Critically evaluate and self-reflect about our role in disseminating effective practices and policies at the individual, community, and national levels to provoke creative and positive systemic change. (Capability 3.3, 5.1 and 8.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
An annotated bibliography of key readings 10% Individual Coursework
Essay 40% Individual Coursework
Presentation Individual Coursework
Case Studies 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
An annotated bibliography of key readings
Case Studies

Workload Expectations

Students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.   As this is a 30 point course, additional time may be required. 

For this course, you can expect 42 hours of lectures and discussion (delivered as 3 X 2-days block teaching),  plus 10 -15  hours per week of reading and thinking about the content and working on assignments.  A weekly timetable of suggested activity is provided to help you pace your work throughout the semester. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The required readings for this course are provided on CANVAS, which is our online Student Learning Management system. Library and computer facilities with internet are available to students. Support in developing internet skills and library usage is included in the orientation package. The Powerpoint presentations for the lectures will be put up on CANVAS.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Last year, students were enthusiastic about the course and pleased with the structure, so we will be maintaining that in the coming year. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 16/11/2023 08:48 a.m.