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Gender-Based Violence Research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies

East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Michele Decker

Explores gender-based violence (GBV), including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and sex trafficking. Topics include the following as they relate to GBV: epidemiology, theoretical frameworks, structural risks and gender equity, policy, prevention and intervention, perpetrators, populations with unique needs, and health consequences spanning sexual and reproductive health, STI, and HIV. Prepares students to undertake meaningful scholarly, community-based, programmatic or policy work in the field. Emphasizes active learning and facilitates application of knowledge and skills gained to real world issues.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology and health impact of GBV
  2. Apply public health methods, strategies and frameworks to GBV-related research, policy and practice
  3. Develop and critique GBV research and prevention/intervention programs and policies
  4. Articulate current controversies and challenges in GBV-related research, policy and practice
  5. Explain ethical and methodological issues unique to GBV research
  6. Describe the history of the field, including major research and policy advances
Methods of Assessment:

Class Participation (including, but not limited to, attendance): 25%
Topic Selection and Outline for Final Paper: 25%
Peer Feedback on Final Paper Outline: 15%
Final Paper: 35%

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduate students must obtain permission from instructor

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Undergraduate students must obtain permission from instructor

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