- Module Title: Family Violence
- Module Prefix/Number: SOC 341
- Credit Hours: Three (3)
- Description: This course provides students with a wide spectrum of family violence, focusing on social processes and social relationships. It is a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of domestic violence that guides students to a better understanding of the challenges involved in reducing or eliminating violence.
- Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Be introduced to the study of family violence and its complex, multifaceted experience, the various types of family violence and challenges involved in reducing or elimination violence;
- Explain inherent problems in attempting to measure the extent of family violence.
- Describe the numerous myths and misconceptions surrounding family violence.
- Explain the various intervention strategies in dealing with family violence.
- Assess relied data on family violence by local law enforcement agencies.
- Explain family violence from a medical, social and legal perspective and the various dynamics involved
- Understand the international perspectives of family violence that crosses borders and cultures, children witnessing domestic violence and how abuse impacts the social and law enforcement agencies that are involved;
- Explain the international perspective of family violence.
- Explain the goals of intervention and list of reporting requirements necessary.
- Explain that more rigorous evaluations of interventions is required to challenge social and cultural norms supportive of violence.
- Explain the importance of laws and policies for family violence
- Acknowledge the major theories of family violence from a variety of perspective and how to respond and recognize the threats of aggression
- Explain how or why people act aggressively towards another.
- Understand the long term consequences of victimization
- Know how to recognize warning signs of family violence and abuse
- Explain what can be done to help someone who experience family violence
- 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
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.
There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.
- 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
- Elder Abuse
- Special Populations and Family Violence
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