Instructor: Marcia Iris Baum, MSW, LCSW

Spring 2004


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



Marcia Iris Baum, MSW, LCSW

Office:              Burk Hall 302

Telephone:       415-338-3421



Office hours:   Wednesday 2:30-3:45 or by appointment


Textbook: Barnett, Ola (1997) Family Violence Across the Lifespan, Sage publisher


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 semester, February 25, 2004 you should carefully review your commitment to this class and drop the course by touchtone if you cannot fully participate in the course. After the 4th week you will be allowed to drop with a  W” for documented serious and compelling reasons only. You will not be allowed to withdraw from this class after the 4th week solely because of poor performance, lack of attendance or commitment, desire to change your major, or change or increase in work hours, unless mandated and documented by your employer. All documentation must be submitted on letterhead. IF YOU REQUEST A WITHDRAWAL AFTER THE 4TH WEEK, DO NOT STOP ATTENDING CLASS UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT YOUR WITHDRAWAL REQUEST HAS BEEN GRANTED.           


Evaluation & Grading Procedures:

Your course grade will be evaluated and based on points earned.

  1. Midterm Exam-30 % of points that can be earned.   Exam consists of  45

Multiple-choice questions valued at 2.5 points each.

  1. Final Exam- 30 % of points that can be earned. Exam consists of 45 multiple- choice questions valued at 2.5 points each.
  2. Literature Review and Final Term Paper-40 % of points that can be earned. Grade will be based on idea content, selection of recently published professional references, use of journal article bibliography format to cite a reference before you discuss it, discussion of references. Paper must be in your own words and not copied.  Review for correct spelling, grammar and writing skills.  The length of the paper is a maximum of 12 pages including one page introduction and one page bibliography. Papers will not be accepted after due date of May 5th. Class attendance is necessary and class participation is encouraged. Lecture material from class will be included on both examinations.
  3. There are a total of 333 points plus extra credit optional points toward final grade. Midterm = 100 points (30%), Final=100 pts. (30%), Final paper=133 pts. (40%)


SPRING 2004  Wednesday 4:10-6:55 PM  (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, 1:30-4 PM

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 .


  1. Ability  to describe how abusive behaviors establish dominance, power and control over victims, a.k.a.- survivors of abuse.

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.

  1. Ability to describe risk factors for becoming a victim and/or a victimizer.
  2. Understanding of mandated reporting laws and how the legal, professional and criminal justice system responds to reports of child, elder, spousal abuse.
  3. Ability to describe significant  issues for children exposed to marital and childhood violence and who live in divorced families. Issues include safety, child custody, access and visitation with the perpetrator.
  4. Understanding issues that affect decision making regarding interventions with  violent family systems.
  5. Treatment strategies for survivors of psychological maltreatment, neglect, physical and sexual abuse
  6. Ability to locate and utilize professional literature, references and resources.


Schedule for lectures and Discussions


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  1:30- 4PM   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 ADA act. You must make a formal request through Services for Students with Disabilities. Please notify your instructor so that reasonable efforts can be made to accommodate you.


If you need special accommodations for examinations or other assistance  you can contact the student disability resource center on campus, telephone  338-6356.