• University of Strathclyde

Forced Marriage: Issues and Dilemmas

Develop your knowledge of human rights and societal issues as you explore the impact of forced marriage and measures to combat it.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Learn how to define forced marriages

Forced marriage is recognised internationally as a violation of women and children’s human rights and as a form of violence against women. This course will explore the meaning and impact of forced marriage on the individual and communities where it takes place. The course will also examine some of the measures and interventions being implemented to prevent forced marriage and support those affected.

What topics will you cover?

  • Explore the social and cultural contexts of forced marriage
  • Learn what is meant by the term forced marriage
  • Understand why the UN regards forced marriage as a form of violence against women
  • Be aware of the potential impact of forced marriage on those affected
  • Equip learners with an understanding of the range of legal measures and interventions being implemented nationally and internationally to prevent forced marriage
  • Identify the challenges in addressing this sensitive social issue

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the social and cultural roots of forced marriage.
  • Interpret what is meant by the term forced marriage.
  • Demonstrate why the UN regards forced marriage as a form of violence against women.
  • Assess the potential impact of forced marriage on those affected.
  • Develop understanding of the extent of forced marriage and the contexts where it occurs.
  • Develop understanding of the range of legal measures and interventions being implemented nationally and internationally to prevent forced marriage and support those affected.
  • Identify the challenges in addressing this sensitive social issue.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at the general public, a wide range of professionals such as teachers, social workers, front line professionals in commercial, public and third sector organisations and those already working in this sector. It would also be of value to those living or working in affected communities or where forced marriage takes place in the context of migration.

Who developed the course?

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.

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