Gender Based Violence: From Theory to Action

Course Number: HS 404
Credit(s): 2-3

This elective course is designed to provide undergraduate students with the background to understand gender based violence and the skills necessary to provide advocacy services to survivors. Our study of gender based violence will include attention to stalking, sexual harassment, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. This course utilizes a 360 degree framework which recognizes that everything is interconnected and takes into consideration the multiple lenses through which each individual understands gender based violence from a broad, holistic context. We will also examine gender based violence utilizing other perspectives including: feminist, ecological, and social justice. This course will introduce students to the roots of gender based violence, the social and cultural context in which it occurs, the mental and physical health impacts, justice and restitution frameworks, and will explore approaches to changing those structures in order to reduce or end it. Students will develop the skills to think critically about the local and global impact of gender based violence, how it intersects with other forms of oppression, and to develop an understanding of these issues that will be useful intellectually, personally, and professionally.