HDAL 4137/5137 East Tennessee State University Department of Human Development and Learning HDAL 4137/ 5137 Youth Violence-Intervention to Prevention INSTRUCTOR: Jamie Branam Kridler, Ph.D. Dr Kridler has an extensive background in youth violence prevention programs. Her role as a Tennessee evaluator of the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention (NFCVP) has given her access to a large body of research and training on the topic. She developed and implemented a program for sixth grade children in three East Tennessee counties on Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention, created “Looking Glass Players,” a theatre program for four-eight year old at risk children teaching conflict resolution and anger management, and serves on the steering committee of the Governor’s Community Prevention Initiative (GCPI) Task program. Her research and creative efforts along with years of teaching sociology, child and family studies, and human services courses make this a natural and beneficial way to share information. OFFICE: 428 Warf-Pickel Clemmer College of Education OFFICE HOURS: 2 hours a week will be announced on the NEWS section of D2L when Dr. Kridler will be available to chat online or to talk on the phone. She will also be happy to arrange other times via e-mail communication. INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION: 423-439-7667 (office) or 423-237-2308 (cell) for emergencies [email protected] CREDIT HOURS: 3 credit hours PRE-REQUISITES: Senior standing for undergraduates or permission of instructor and Graduate standing for graduate course COURSE DESCRIPTION: Youth Violence-Intervention to Prevention is designed to inform and train individuals in a variety of fields that deal with children in society, evaluating current research in the field, and looking at practical strategies for developing protective factors for youth. Students will view various media representations of violence patterns and solutions, review current literature, and listen to some brief lecture material. The majority of time will be spent on student interaction with each other and the instructor. The course utilizes a web enhanced format allowing the students to use technology to work on appropriate aspects of the course on-line through D2L while also setting aside time for face-to-face time with the instructor and fellow students for indepth discussions. HDAL 4137/5137 Human Development and Human Services programs are designed to enhance individual and family well-being. The Families Studies coursework prepares students for their careers supporting families and children in their environment. There is no single issue in today’s society threatening the welfare of children and their families more than youth violence. Course work focusing on at-risk and underserved youth is a natural progression of the discipline. This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of current majors as well as service to other disciplines and professions. TEXTBOOK: None. Readings & video production will be provided by instructor on-line through D2L.. OBJECTIVES: The student will: 1. Research current events and challenges related to youth violence and the role they play in our culture. 2. Develop a working definition for violence, violation, prevention, and the role they play in our culture. 3. Evaluate risk and protective factors informing the development of protective strategies for youth through on-line and on-ground assignments. 4. Learn to value individual differences and practice tolerance techniques. COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: 1. Annotated Bibliography: Students will review literature relevant to the topic of youth violence and community cohesion/connection. Students will also give citation for each item with a short paragraph summarizing the content included for each item. Print media and on-line sources may be reviewed. Proper citation methods will be used (APA or MLA style). This assignment will be evaluated on quality and quantity, i.e. 15= maximum grade of C, 20= maximum grade of B. 25= maximum grade of A Additional credit will be given for including electronic copies of the articles with the annotation. The completed annotations will be placed in the DropBox on the D2L site. 2. Subject and Popular Media Journal Entries The class will utilize journal entries for each subject and video covered in lieu of exams. a) Students will complete reaction entries for each video viewed. Each of these entries should summarize the video and document their reactions and reflections. The student should enter their information on the Discussion Board on D2L under the proper HDAL 4137/5137 heading. Class participation will be determined by you interaction with class member. Students are expected to reply to at least 1-2 other students’ entries but may feel free to respond an unlimited number of entries. b) In addition, each student should view a television newscast, a movie, a TV program, or read a newspaper daily for the duration of the course and write a short summary of any violence represented or discussed in the media for at least 15 of the viewings. This summary should include the date, source of the media and student’s reaction and reflection to what they heard, saw, and/or read (15 outside class entries, 1-2 paragraphs each). The entries will be placed in the proper section of the discussion Board on D2L. Students may feel free to reply to the entries of the other students but are not required to reply. 3. Interview/Site Visit Report Choose one of the following: Visit Juvenile Court Visit a Youth Detention Center Interview a Prosecutor Interview a Criminal Defense Attorney Interview a Juvenile Judge Interview a Child Protective Services Worker Other-work out with instructor Students will need to choose a topic and have it cleared with Dr. Kridler. The topic should be submitted to the D2L site during the first week of class under Site visit Approval. The instructor realizes these are time consuming activities, and students need to determine their site and have it approved during the first week in order to have time to complete the visit. The final report will be placed in the DropBox in the proper section. The class may decide to share their reports and if this is approved by the class member a Discussion Board will be set up to submit the reports and open the door for dialog by the class members. Graduate students A graduate project will be completed evaluating the relationship between community connection and youth violence. The project should be presented orally and summarized in a DropBox submission on D2L. The student should provide a reference list for the instructor. It will be expected that the Graduate Student will share the project with the other class members and therefore should view the report as a teaching tool. Additional details will be discussed with the instructor. EVALUATION: Class assignments are weighted according to the following percentages: Undergraduate Graduate 25% Annotated Bibliography 35% Journal Entries for Videos 10% Journal Entries for Popular Media 20% Annotated Bibliography 30% Journal Entries for Videos 10% Journal Entries for HDAL 4137/5137 15% Interview/Site Visit Oral Report 10% 15% Class participation and cooperation 10% 20% 100% Popular Media Interview/Site Visit Oral Report Class participation and cooperation Graduate project 100% GRADING SCALE: A = 94%-100% A- = 90%-93% B+ = 87%-89% B = 83%-86% B- = 80%-82% C+ = 77%-79% C = 73%-76% C- = 70%-72% D+ = 66%-69% D = 60%-65% F = 59% or below ATTENDANCE: a) Students are expected to participate on D2L Discussion Board on a regular basis. Completing multiple discussion boards late in the course does not allow students to benefit from course interaction. Regular entries will be used as one of the ways to determine class participation. b) The student is expected to complete all assignments as scheduled and participate in D2L discussions on a regular basis. c) Students will meet on ground with the instructor for 2 – three hour sessions. The times will be announced on Goldlink when the student enrolls for the course. COURSE OVERVIEW: The Culture of Violence The Role of Family Violence and Child Abuse Evaluation of Prevention Programs and Sports Violence Teen Dating Violence Gang Related Violence The Role of Guns Children Killing Children Violence in Rural America Prevention vs. Intervention Lowering Risk/Increasing Protective Factors/Dealing with Resiliency Factors REFERENCES: HDAL 4137/5137 (sample – additional list will be placed on D2L as class begins) Canada, G. (1995). Fist Stick Knife Gun: A personal History of Violence in America. Boston: Beacon Press Canada, G. (1998). Reaching for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America. Boston: Beacon Press Edelman, M.W. (1992). The Measure of our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours. Boston: Beacon Press. Elkind, D. (1981). The Hurried Child: Growing Up too Fast and Too Soon. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. Forward, S. (1989). Toxic Parents. NY: Bandam Books. Goble, C.B. and Bomba, A.K. (1995). A Parent Meeting: Young Children and Firearm Safety. Young Children (50)2.81 Golden, B. and Muncie, J. (2006) . Youth Crime and Justice. London: Sage Publications Kersey, K. (1986). Helping Your Child Handle Stress: The Parent’s Guide to Solving Childhood Problems. Washington, DC: Acropolis Books Kirsh, S.J. (2006). Children, Adolescents and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research. London: Sage Publications Malley-Morrison, K., Hines, D.A. (2004). Family Violence in a Cultural Perspective: Defining, Understanding, and Combating Abuse. Miller-Perrin, C.L., Perrin, R.D., Barrett, O. (2005). Family Violence Across the Lifespan. London: Sage Publications Tough, Paul (2008). Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company HDAL 4137/5137 Butterfield, F. (1996). All God’s Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence. New York: Harper-Collins Publishers RESOURCE ORGANIZATIONS and WEBSITES Children’s Defense Fund Stand for Children-CDF affiliate Highlander Research and Education Center National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention Community Institute for Peace Harlem Children’s Zone Rheeland Center – New York City Southern Poverty Law Center Department of Juvenile Justice U.S. Government National Crime Council Critical Resistance Carter Center Stop the Violence Community House Cooperative, Inc. Global Village School for Peace and Diversity Studies STUDENT PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL SERVICES: “Students who have special needs as a result of a disability should contact the Director of Disability Services, D.P. Culp University Center, at 423-439-8346 (or 423-439-8370 for those who are hearing impaired).” ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: ETSU policy #3.13, October 1, 1979 All students in attendance at East Tennessee State University are expected to be honorable. Academic misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action. Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct. This includes plagiarism, the changing or falsifying of any academic documents or materials, cheating, and the giving or receiving or unauthorized aid in tests, examination, or other assigned school work. Penalties for academic misconduct will vary with the seriousness of the offense and may include, but are not limited to: a grade of “F” in the work in question, ad grade of “F” for the course, reprimand, probation, suspension, and expulsion. For a second offense the penalty is permanent exclusion. HDAL 4137/5137 Tentative 3 Week Schedule Date Day1 Topic Introduction Day2 Dating Violence Day 3 Guns Day 4 Guns Day 5 Gangs Day 6 Sports Violence Day 7 Children Killing Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Children killing Class Discussion Children Killing Programs that work Day 12 Programs that work Day 13 Early Indicators Day 14 Girls and violence Day 15 School shootings Assignment Shadow of Hate Video View On-Ground Meeting Dating Violence Video View Handouts from Class meeting Dating Video View Investigating Reports-History Video View Investigating Reports-Inside Investigating Reports-Handguns Gun Given way Video View Prison Gangs video view History Geoff CDF video view Major video view Children and Parents video view Submit site visit for approval Vice city video view Virginia Tech video view American History video view On-Ground meeting Children behind bars video view Prison university video view Teen on target video view What can we do video view Charlie Rose-Geoff video view Harlem Children video view Max Security Education video view On the outs video view Stop Snitchin video view Girlhood video view On-ground meeting Bowling for Columbine video view Site visit write up due in D2L dropbox Annotated Bibio- due in D2L dropbox * Each video has a corresponding discussion board. Students will have entry for each video.