Family Violence

Family Violence

  1. Module Title: Family Violence
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 341
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course examines the entire spectrum of family violence, focusing on social processes and social relationships. There is a comprehensive introduction to the study of family violence that allows students to have a better understanding of the challenges involved in reducing or eliminating violence. The six major topics are: domestic partner abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, physical and psychological abuse, identifying when abuse occurs, and discussing the effects of the various types of abuse or violence.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • Understand the facets of family violence
    • Discuss how violence may be reduced or eliminated
    • Identify how each major type of abuse impacts the social and law enforcement agencies that are involved
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Characteristics and Consequences of Family Violence
    • Physical Child Abuse
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • Child Neglect
    • Sibling Abuse
    • Ritualistic Child Abuse
    • Professionals and Their Response to Child Abuse
    • Child Exploitation
    • Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence
    • The Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence
    • Elder Abuse
    • Special Populations and Family Violence
    • Sexual Violence
    • Stalking
    • Victims’ Issues

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