This course explores the emergence of battered women as a social issue. It reviews the historical and social roots of violence, theories of wife-battering causes, and related research and statistics. The historical and current roles of the social service and legal systems are discussed, including the growth and role of grassroots services such as shelters, safe homes and hotlines. The class includes presentations from community resource people and identifies advocacy and helping approaches. Overlap: PSYC 304T Violence Against Women Theory Seminar.
- Current social services that support women will be presented.
- Student will apply knowledge to improve outreach to battered women.
- Student will learn how the legal system trends that relate to battered women.
- Student will learn the historical and social roots of violence.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.