Family Violence

Family Violence

  1. Module Title: Family Violence
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 341
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. 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.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
  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
    • Elder Abuse
    • Special Populations and Family Violence
    • Sexual Violence
    • Stalking
    • Victims’ Issues

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