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Murray A. StrausOffice hours: Monday 1:30-2, Tuesday 5-5:30 or phone or email for a timeon any day except WednesdayCOURSE OBJECTIVESMETHOD OF INSTRUCTION AND GRADINGREADINGSLECTURE: HOW IS RESEARCH ON FAMILY VIOLENCE DONE? (CONTINUED)LECTURE: PREVALENCE, CAUSES, AND EFFECTS OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Video: 20/20 On Corporal PunishmentLECTURE: PREVALENCE AND CAUSES OF CHILD PHYSICAL ABUSEMarch 13Week 9Week 10Week 13Week 14Sociology 695 Spring, 2007FAMILY VIOLENCE RESEARCH IN WORLD PERSPECTIVEMurray A. Straus126 Horton Email [email protected] 862-2594 Fax 862-1122 Website http://pubpages.unh.edu/~MAS2Office hours: Monday 1:30-2, Tuesday 5-5:30 or phone or email for a timeon any day except WednesdayMichelle StranskyPhone 862-1876 Email [email protected] hours: Tues: 12:30-2:30 or by appointment.COURSE OBJECTIVES(1) Provide you with an understanding of the nature, frequency, causes, and consequence all aspects of “family violence," i.e., “abuse” or “maltreatment" by members of one’s own family. (2) Increase your knowledge of how sociological research is carried out; including cross-national comparative research intended to discover the social causes of family violence and the effects of family violence on the society as a whole.The types of family violence to be covered include- Physical, verbal, material, and sexual abuse of: Children Partners in dating, cohabiting, and marital relationships The elderly- Neglect of children and the elderly- "Property crimes" within the family, e.g. theft from another member of the family. This is an advanced course, and the expectations are consistent with that. The expectations are reachable by everyone who has the prerequisites and who wants to achieve the objectives listed above.To achieve these objectives we will use the perspectives, theories, and results of three areas ofsociology: sociology of the family, criminology, and research methods; and also cultural anthropologyThere will be attention to what the research suggests might be useful for “primary prevention" of family violence. Primary prevention refers to actions to lower the incidence of violence by counteracting harmful circumstances before they have had a chance to produce violence. It does not seek to prevent a specific person from committing a violent act; instead, primary prevention seeks to reduce the risk for a society as a whole. The outcome envisioned as a result of primary prevention is that, although some individuals may continue to be violent, their number will be reduced, i.e. this aspect of society will change. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION AND GRADINGYou will have several different types of learning experiences, including:- Textbook that provides excellent information on family violence in general and on attempts to use thecriminal justice system to end or reduce family violence.- Read and write an abstract of two articles from scientific journals. The format you will use to write theabstract is designed to enhance your ability to understand reports of empirical research in the socialsciences. - Lectures and discussions of the lecture. The lectures are designed to provide information that is notin the in the textbook. They are not explanations of the textbook, although I will be glad to answer 14-Jan-19, Page 1questions about the textbook that you bring up. The emphasis of the lectures is on a sociological approach, both theoretical and methodological, to understanding family violence. I will devote the most attention to three aspects of family violence: spanking by parents, gender inequality, and gender differences in violence against a partner. These three are emphasized because they are crucial and controversial issues on which I have unique and in-depth information.- Class participation: As part of the lectures, I will ask each you to participate with a brief written contribution. These will be discussed in class, and will also be graded and returned to you. For some lectures, I may ask each of you to write a question, issue, or comment that you would like to have discussed, or on which I might provide further information. These will not be graded, but failure to turn in a question or comment will result in a loss of 2% of your final grade.- Lab projects using data from the 32 nations in the International Dating Violence Study. The lab projectsare intended to increase your understanding of both the substantive issues you will investigate for each labproject, and to increase your understanding of how sociological research is conducted.- Videos and critical analysis of the video . These are designed to illustrate the difference between what thepublic is told about family violence and what the research shows.- ExamsThe lectures and the textbook are separate sources of information and points of view. The text covers more than I will cover in the lectures, and I cover more than is in the text. The exams will cover the text, the lectures, and the lab projects. Grades will be based on:Lab Projects 30%Class participation 15%Abstracts of 2 articles 10%Midsemester Exam 20%Final Exam 25%%The Lowest or missed labs will not be counted. The lab with lowest grades will not be included in calculatingyour grade for the labs. If you missed a lab, that will be the not counted lab. If you have a written medical excuse, you have the option of making up the missed lab. READINGS* Payne, Brian K. and Gainey, Randy R 2005. Family Violence And Criminal Justice, 2nd Edition. Anderson Publishing. (BE SURE YOU GET THE 2ND EDITION).* Articles from books or journals to supplement the textbook. Some of these are classic articles.* Two articles to abstract to help you have a better understanding of how research is reported. RESOURCES ON MY WEBSITEhttp://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2- Slides used for lectures.- Description of the International Dating Violence Study, the questionnaire and the countries participating.- The website also contains many of the articles I have published on family violenceTo download files from my website that are in Adobe PDF reader and in Power Point, your computer must havethese two programs: If not free readers can be downloaded by clicking on the links belowAdobe Acrobat Reader (PDF files)Adobe Acrobat Reader is free to download and use. 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