330.640.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Elizabeth Letourneau
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss how differences in the age and sex of perpetrators and victims link to different etiologies and consequences.
    • Identify factors associated with increased risk for childhood victimization and perpetration.
    • Explain the mechanisms of action by which interventions have an impact on clients (both victims and perpetrators)
    • Identify the primary components of effective prevention programs, including who is targeted and the expected mechanism of action.
    • Evaluate the quality and limitations of legal interventions that address childhood victimization.
    • Identify elements of a more comprehensive public health approach to childhood victimization.
  • Course Description
    Examines childhood victimization across a wide spectrum of victimizations, including sexual and physical abuse, peer and sibling assaults, witnessing domestic violence and verbal abuse and neglect. Acquaints students with the epidemiology of childhood victimization, reviews existing victim and perpetrator-focused interventions, and explores established emerging prevention strategies. Reviews legal policies aimed at reducing childhood victimization, their strengths and weaknesses, and challenges to the notion that childhood victimization is, or can be, effectively addressed solely or primarily via criminal justice interventions.
  • Intended Audience
    Intended for students and professionals interested in research, practice, and policy pertaining to the health and social policy impacts of childhood victimization.
  • Methods of Assessment

    A final term paper on an assigned topic (35%), one individual in-class presentation on an assigned topic (15%), and participation in classroom discussion and exercises (50%).

  • Required Text(s)

    Finklehor, D. (2008). Childhood Victimization: Violence, Crime, and Abuse in the Lives of Young People. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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