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Department: Mental Health
Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 1 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Examines child sexual abuse from a public health perspective. Familiarizes students with public health strategies used to address three related domains: child sexual abuse detection and prevention, treating victims, and offender interventions. Challenges students to critique current approaches to child sexual victimization detection and intervention, using the Penn State sex abuse scandal as a case study. Focuses particularly on limitations of formal social responses to child sexual assault, which primarily existed in the criminal justice arena. As an alternative, introduces emerging approaches in perpetrator-focused primary prevention.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify the key components of a comprehensive public health approach to child sexual abuse
Critique the scope, reach, and content of services available to victims of child sexual abuse
Evaluate the quality and limitations of criminal justice oriented interventions for sex offenders
Explain developments in perpetrator-focused primary prevention

Methods of Assessment: Students will be graded on class participation (50% of grade), including contributing to discussion and to small-group breakout tasks and on an in-class exam (50% of grade).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thu 06/12/2014 - Thu 06/12/2014
  • Thursday 8:30 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 6
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: