Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy

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Course Number: CRIMLJUS 7310
Course Name: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy (Online)
Course Description:    This course analyzes and critiques the history, comparative perspectives, legal framework, responses to child maltreatment, the skills necessary to do the work, and other pertinent issues pertaining to child maltreatment and child advocacy.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
The course focus will include several facets of the Child Advocacy Studies. Learners will analyze and critique the history, comparative perspectives, legal framework, responses to child maltreatment, the skills necessary to do the work, and other pertinent issues pertaining to child maltreatment and child advocacy. 

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
It is horrific to think about children being abused. More specifically, trying to make sense of someone intentionally withholding food from a child, shaking an infant to the point of causing brain damage, screaming at a child so intensely that the child retreats to a depressive state, or understanding why someone would engage in sexual contact with a child is extremely difficult.

Furthermore, understanding the lag in legislation and the traumatic consequences of child maltreatment is hard to comprehend. In order to assist maltreated children, it is important to first understand physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse.

Unit 2
Child protection social workers dedicate their expertise primarily to working with kids who have been the victim of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or emotional abuse. Additionally, workers address cases of bullying, institutional maltreatment, organized exploitation, exposure to domestic violence, and other types of abuse. However, child protection workers cannot accomplish the tasks without key criminal justice, mental health, and medical professionals.

Unit 3
It is essential to adopt an "end child maltreatment" mentality. Even one case of child maltreatment is one too many. Subsequently, resources must be dedicated to prevention and intervention strategies. Furthermore, agencies must be cognizant of worker burnout and incorporate strategies to address the problem. Additionally, controversial issues will continue to challenge professionals and policy makers to advocate for the well-being of children.

Grading Information

Assignment Points
Written Weekly Assignments 130 points
Research Paper 100 points
Controversial Issue Presentation 20 points
Essay Exam 100 points
Total 350 points

Overall course grading will use the following points scale:

Total Course Points Earned Course Grade
315-350 A
280-314 B
245-279 C
210-244 D

 

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