Family Violence Issues Certificate

The FVI Certificate is granted upon completion of eight (3 credit hour) courses related to the study of family violence. The program is offered by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at UNB, but the courses listed below are offered through various departments and faculties.

The FVI Certificate includes three different groupings of courses based on the proportion of material covered in the course that is directly relevant to issues of family violence: core courses (all material considered relevant); intensive courses (at least 60% of the material considered relevant); and supplementary courses (at least 30% of the material considered relevant). While students will choose a mix of core, intensive and supplementary courses, it is required that they choose a minimum of 3 core courses, and a maximum of 3 intensive courses, along with 2 supplementary courses.

Students interested in being admitted into the Family Violence Certificate Program will make an application to the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Admittance will be based on the student’s academic performance and any related employment or volunteer experiences.

Family Violence Issues Core Courses

Core Courses: (Choose at least 3 courses from this category)
[It is important to note that not all of these courses will be offered in any given academic year.]

FV2001 Introduction to Family Violence Issues (Coming online 2019)
Introduction to current theories, research and practice in family violence issues. Topics will include: themes of violence; dynamics of violence; gender relations; attitudes, myths, and realities surrounding family violence; public versus private nature of family violence. Research from various perspectives will be evaluated.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Certificate Program or permission of the instructor.

FVI4002 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Family Violence
Presents strategies which will assist professionals in coordinating their efforts to help survivors through creation of 'whole person' community approaches. Topics include: helping agencies' diverse and overlapping mandates; referral processes; inter-agency communication; support and debriefing; team dynamics; community resources; interface with policy makers. This course is required for the FVI Certificate.
Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001 , 2002 , 2003 (or SOCI 1563 ); or permission of the instructor.

Soci3634 Violence Against Women
Examines issues pertaining to violence against women in Western society, including gender socialization, gender dynamics in dating and family relationships, private versus public, the contributions of social institutions (e.g., sports; the media; schools; the workplace; the military; the medical, legal and criminal justice systems) and the special vulnerability of women in marginalized group.

FVI3006/Soci3006 Intervention Strategies and Programs for People who Batter
This course will examine the major theories related to violence in intimate relationships and explore the different intervention strategies and programs which have evolved from these theories. Credits cannot be obtained for both FVI 3006 and SOCI 3006.

SOCI 3007 Religion and Family Violence 

This course will examine issues pertaining to violence in religious families and the role of faith communities (and their leaders) in responding to violence in the family context.  The course will consider relevant data, theories and strategies for change.

Soci4337 Legal Responses to Family Violence
This course explores the successes, challenges, and failures of legal responses to domestic violence. Why has the legal system had difficulty responding effectively to domestic violence? Does it have something to do with the nature of law; the nature of gender; the nature of social science and social change? What happens when law is confronted by changing social conceptions of gender, of children, of the roles of men and women? Does culture matter? Do new multi-disciplinary, collaborative judicial initiatives offer promise or peril? Students will review legal cases and socio-legal research in order to search for answers to such questions.


Certificate Requirements

For more information, contact the MMFC or College of Extended Learning.

SOCI 3006, 3007 and SOCI 3634 are available.

Intensive Courses (choose 3 courses from list A)

Supplementary Courses (choose 2 courses from list B)

For more information, contact the MMFC