Gender Based Violence: an Interdisciplinary Approach

A.Y. 2023/2024
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The teaching activity aims to provide students of any faculty of the University and with any high school background with the skills to critically identify the issues underlying the phenomenon of gender-based violence and learn the tools detach, prevent and overcome it. The final goal is to enhance the awareness of students in this fiedl.
Expected learning outcomes
Through theoretical and practical lessons, the aim is to test not only the assimilation of a series of general and abstract notions relating to the topics addressed in the course, but also the critical ability to detect problematic issues in the subject and to identify possible solutions.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course programme includes an in-depth examination of the issues underlying the effective guarantee and implementation of the principle of gender equality in the various fields of interest:

- Violence against women and gender inequality. From the lack of constitutional implementation to inclusion strategies
- From a criminal law and honor of the family-centered perspective to the centrality of the consent (because punishing is not enough)
- The forms of violence: sexual, psychological, physical, economic
- The cycle of violence
- Risk assessment and prevention of gender-based violence
- Sexual and domestic violence as health issues
- Classification of the profiles and methods of recovery of the perpetrator of the violence, with attention to criminological perspective
- Gender-based violence in the language of the media: stereotypes and normalization of the emergency
- Victims twice (secundary victimization): women who suffer violence in the process and in the relationship with the anti-violence network.
- Violence against women with disabilities
- Gender-based violence, a phenomenon without borders: the role of supranational law
Prerequisites for admission
Enrollment via SIFA ONLINE.
The enrollment will be possible from January, 15th, to February, 15th.
For further information (calendar and timetable included), see the Ariel platform:
Teaching methods
The course includes lectures that will alternate between theoretical frontal introductory profiles and practical/interactive ones.
The course will be held online (some lessons will be held also in presence).
Teaching Resources
M. D'Amico, Una parità ambigua, Raffaello Cortina, 2020: parti scelte
Assessment methods and Criteria
The lessons will be on Microsoft Teams, in the channel "Module on gender violence" (channel code: jfpjtrz), at the following link: %40thread.tacv2/1677147093670?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2213b55eef-7018-4674-a3d7-cc0db06d545c%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22118097e9-517b-4056-8b27 -32b82ae0c595%22% 7d

The lessons will be held from February 26 February to the end of April, according to a calendar published on the Ariel platform (

The lessons will be held by Professor Pellizzone and will be enriched by other professors, in order to ensure the necessary interdisciplinarity, and by operators of anti-violence centers, so as to raise awareness and share with the students the tools to recognize and fight against gender-based violence.

-Final test: Paper to be sent by May 5th (Paper of up to 2000 words, developed at home by the students, starting from an outline offered by the teacher and using what was illustrated and shared in class)

Students will be asked to actively participate in the lessons: in particular, after having offered the tools and general notions on the various topics, they will be asked to practice and discuss with teachers and other students with particular reference to specific concrete cases.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Pellizzone Irene
Wednesday at 17.00
Room at ground floor, Department of Public Law