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The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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TLS_1028 Domestic violence contextualised 6 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Satu Lidman, PhD, Adjunct Professor

General description

In this course we seek to analyse specific forms of domestic violence and gendered violence, and explore them in historical, cultural and legal contexts. Violence is understood to include various forms of physical, mental and sexual abuse in close relationships (between spouses or partners, parents and children as well as other family members) but also in the collective cultural settings (honour-related violence). Depending on the historical and cultural context these issues have been / are encountered in a variety of ways. The course offers multiple perspectives into the complex and methodologically challenging questions on domestic and gendered violence. By doing that it encourages the students to discuss and share their knowledge of violence research.

Learning outcomes

- The students deepen their knowledge in the history and topicality of domestic violence including cultural issues.
- They learn to distinguish reflections of the structures upholding violence in modern societies including legal thinking and practises.
- They understand historical, cultural and legal aspects related to violence studies including ethical questions.
- They develop their academic argumentation skills in the field of violence and gender research both verbally and in the process of producing their own texts.
- They become competent in academic writing by producing a good quality written work; choosing a meaningful topic, searching and critically analyzing sources as well as participating in the evaluation of the other papers are crucial elements of this learning process.


-Long-term historical background of topical issues related to domestic and gendered violence starting from around 1500.
- Long-term historical background of topical issues related to domestic and gendered violence starting from around 1500.
- Basic knowledge in violence research and violence related gender studies.
- Examples of actual domestic violence regulation in historical and cultural contexts.
- Finland, Europe and international/multicultural perspectives, especially criminal law and human rights.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 18 h 0 h

Contact teaching and homework + group assignments (approximately 8 h).

- includes individual homework and group assignments during and between contact teaching sessions.
- attendance at the first lecture is obligatory.
- the course is based on intensive participation throughout the teaching period.

Teaching language


Joint teaching with students of the specialisation course (later writing their seminar essays in Finnish).

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

The course includes also individual homework and group work.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Active participation in contact teaching; homework and group assignments; written exam.

Study materials

Study materials are to be found in Moodle and/or given out during contact teaching.

Further information

TIME: IV period, exact contact teachings hours to be specified later.
SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 20 students (plus 20 for the specialialization course). 1/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students of the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:
1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School