Chabot College Fall 2010 Course Outline for Administration of Justice 89

Chabot College
Fall 2010
Course Outline for Administration of Justice 89
Catalog Description:
89 - Family Violence
2 units
Origins of violence in the family from the administration of justice perspective. Specific types of
violent interactions and abuse among family members. Emphasis on techniques for use by peace
officers to intervene effectively. 2 hours.
[Typical contact hours: 35]
Expected Outcomes for Students:
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. describe the relationship between patterns of family interaction and violence;
2. name many of the conditions leading to family violence, with emphasis on coping with such
3. recognize many of the indicators for effective intervention in the field.
Course Content:
1. An overview of the family as a system
2. An in-depth look at various forms of violence within the family
a. Child abuse
1) Social context
2) Family dynamics
3) Medical aspects
4) Law enforcement
b. Sexual abuse
1) Family cohesion
2) Agency involvement
a) Medical
b) Law enforcement
3) Alternatives
c. Sexual Misuse
1) Co-participants
d. Parent abuse
e. Sibling abuse
f. The support of abuse with the family unit
g. Situational abuse
3. A discussion of effective intervention techniques
a. Other relatives
b. Neighbors
c. Law enforcement
1) Practical field methods
2) Other agency involvement
Methods of Presentation:
Readings -- relevant articles, assigned library readings, current literature
Guest lecturers
Lectures and class discussions
Student research project
Chabot College
Course Outline for Administration of Justice 89, Page 2
Fall 2010
Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress:
1. Typical Assignments
a. Write a brief written report on study group project and present to class
b. Interview a member or members of a family referred by the local Police Department
2. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
a. Term project presentation
b. Required field trips
c. Attendance and participation
d. Midterm
e. Final examination
Textbook(s) (Typical):
Family Violence , 6th edition, 2004 by Janice Wewler, no publisher information
Rationale for text older than 5 years: Author has not updated this text
Special Student Materials:
ADMJ 89, revised 9/09: cs
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