Instructor: Marcia Iris Baum, MSW, LCSW
Course Description: Patterns of victimization in families with violence, abuse and neglect; profiles of victims and perpetrators; family relationship perspectives; intergenerational patterns of victimization. Intervention issues; services for families
Office: Burk Hall 302
Office hours: Wednesday or by appointment
Course Requirements: This course satisfies a requirement in the GE 3 cluster Human Sexuality. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. It is a 3 unit course. In order to earn GE credit you must complete 60 units by the end of the semester. GE 3 requires a written assignment (maximum 10-12 pages) graded by instructor. A minimum grade of a C - is required if you are taking this course for credit.
It is your responsibility to check your enrollment status.
Withdrawal Policy & CR/NCR Policy:
The last day to add a class is February 13 and the last day to drop a class is February 24. From February 25 to April 28 you must submit a withdrawal petition. Withdrawal from a class after April 28 will be considered for serious and compelling reasons only, and must have accompanying medical documentation. March 28 is the last day to request the CR/NCR option. No “incomplete” grades will be allowed unless there is serious illness accompanied by documentation.
You may elect to withdraw from any
class in CHHS. YOU are responsible for withdrawing by touchtone or by
petitioning the Registrar. Your instructor is not responsible for dropping you
from the class list if you stop attending. You will not be granted a
retroactive withdrawal from any course in CHHS if you stop attending without
completing the withdrawal process. Before the 4th week of the
Evaluation & Grading Procedures:
Your course grade will be evaluated and based on points earned.
Multiple-choice questions valued at 2.5 points each.
SPRING 2004 Wednesday 4: (January 28-May19)
Semester starts January 28, no class on March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day), no class on March 24 (spring recess), last class May 19.
Class meets in Burk Hall - Room 236.
CFS Department Phone # 338-1219, CFS office is located in Burk Hall Room 329.
FINAL Exam- Wednesday, May 26,
Due date for final paper is Wednesday May 5.
Statement on Cheating and Plagiarism: Cheating is the actual or attempted practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one’s grade or obtaining course credit; such acts also include assisting another student to do so. Typically, such acts occur in relation to examinations. The term cheating is not limited to exams only, but any and all actions taken by a student that are intended to gain an unearned academic advantage by fraud or deceptive means. Plagiarism is a form of cheating which consists of the misuse of published and/or unpublished works of others by misrepresenting the material, ie-their intellectual property, as one’s own work. Penalties for cheating and plagiarism range from a O to an F on a particular assignment, through an F for the course, to expulsion from the University. Refer to Schedule of Courses (legal notices on cheating and plagiarism) or the University Catalog (policies and regulations).
Course Objectives/Student Learning Objectives:
The following objectives are based on understanding relationship and family dynamics from perspectives in both fields of social science and psychology .
2. Ability to describe how short & long term effects of victimization affect personal development, family system issues and developmental issues of the individual.
3. Understanding of relationship rules and roles in violent family systems.
Jan 28 Welcome, review course agenda, violent family systems-trends, issues,
myths, inter-generational patterns, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder) as a behavioral response to family violence
Feb 4 Victimization of Children, physical – sexual – psychological abuse
Film – Scared Silent. This film has graphic accounts of abuse. Discussion
to follow. Check enrollment status-Feb 24 is the last day to drop a class.
Feb 11 Research Strategies and Library Resources –
Information is required for completion of literature search
for final paper, class meets in library room 434 with Christine Graham, Librarian, cgraham@sfs or 338-2131
Feb 18 Incest- Family system issues, effects of victimization on behavior
in family of origin and in adult intimate relations, profiles of pedophiles and victims, coping mechanisms,
treatment, services & resources for families.
Feb 25 Children exposed to marital and childhood violence. Safety issues,
custody, access to perpetrator. Mandated reporting laws and
professional response to reports.
March 3 Guest Speaker- Legal punishment of perpetrators, restorative justice,
Plea bargaining, prison, probation, diversion, civil and criminal prosecution. Patterns of repeat offenders.
(George Jurand, speaker Bruno Jails)
March 10 Midterm exam
March 17 Review midterm,
Violent partnerships, date rape, risk factors, characteristics of batterers, child neglect, psychological abuse, sports and television
role-models with violent behaviors
March 24 No Class Spring Break
March 31 No Class Cesar Chavez Day holiday
April 7 Marital Domestic Violence, Battered Women’s Syndrome (legal defense,
Psychological profile), learned helplessness, women who kill their
abusers. Safety issues, legal and professional resources.
April 14 Independent Film Study. Choose a film with images of Domestic
Violence and complete two page written assignment. Films may include
Enough with Jennifer Lopez or Sleeping With the Enemy with Julia
Roberts or What’s Love Got to Do with It with Tina Turner.
-required for extra credit points toward final grade. This assignment is
an opportunity to improve your overall final grade.
April 21 Guest Speakers from SFPD -Domestic Violence Response Team. How
Police respond to 911 calls, Mandatory Arrest Policy, Advocacy resources in the community.
April 28 Prevention, Intervention & Treatment Strategies for victims and
Perpetrators. Psychotherapy, education, community awareness.
May 5 FINAL PAPER IS DUE
Elder Abuse & Dependent Adult Abuse. Film-Family Secret. Graphic
images and accounts of abuse are in film. Discussion of film.
May 12 Guest Speaker on Domestic Violence and the Elderly, Elder Fraud.
(Adult Protective Services or District Attorney’s Office speaker)
May 19 Career paths for professionals, integrating research and theories,
review for final exam.
May 26 Wednesday - Final Exam
Disruptive Classroom Behavior: CELL PHONES AND PAGERS MUST BE TURNED OFF AT ALL TIMES. Due to privacy concerns and the nature of the subject matter TAPE RECORDING IS NOT PERMITTED. The classroom is a special environment where students and faculty come together to promote learning and growth. It is essential that you respect the rights of others to learn, the professionalism of the instructor, and the goals of academic freedom. Please refrain from talking in class unless you want to share views with the entire class and instructor. Do not sleep, eat or read newspapers in class. Different viewpoints are welcome, but be respectful of others when disagreeing and avoid degrading remarks and comments. Student misconduct is disruptive for all and disrupts learning. It will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action or removal from the classroom.
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL & SENSITIVE TO ISSUES of PRIVACY & PERSONAL SHARING DURING THIS COURSE & MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY. This course contains material that may trigger emotional upset due to the nature of violence and abuse.
American with Disabilities Act:
The university is committed to providing students with disabilities reasonable academic accommodations.
The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities can assist students who
have physical, perceptual or learning disabilities as addressed by the
If you need special accommodations for examinations or other assistance you can contact the student disability resource center on campus, telephone 338-6356.