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Patricia Betrus
NURS 509
Seattle Campus

Issues in Violence and Aggression for Health Professionals

Focuses on research and theory of violent/aggressive behavior. Perspectives of victim, offender, family, community, society examined. Focus is recognition of violence against women. Designed to challenge students to clarify beliefs, values related to topics such as rape, homicide, domestic violence. Prerequisite: graduate nursing student or permission of instructor.

Class description

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Analyze theories regarding the etiology of aggression and violence in the individual. 2. Recognize how societies attitudes and perceptions about violence against women contribute to continuing social barriers for stopping abuse and perpetuation of victimization. 3. Evaluate the effect of violence on victims/survivors, families and society. 4. Articulate how individual beliefs, values and perceptions related to violence in society integrate with your role as a nursing professional. 5. Consider the ethical, political and legal aspects of aggressive and violent behavior reflected in society.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be conducted as a graduate seminar. Students are assigned a topic area to prepare and will lead a group discussion/seminar as an expert in that content.

Recommended preparation

Student prepared in the "helping" professions. This may include medicine, psychology, education, sociology, social work and related areas of interest.

Class assignments and grading

WEB discussion (ePost): Students will respond to a questtion related to the weekly topic. This assignment is aimed at continuing the dialogue by allowing students to reflect on a given topic.

GROUP LEADERSHIP: Groups of students are assigned to become 'experts' in a focus area such as rape, domestic abuse, etc. You will be required to review the relevant literature, theoretical and research, related to your topic area. Further you may wish interview professionals, victims and at-risk individuals and/or groups. The information you have gathered from your readings, discussion and interviews should prepare you to be an beginning 'expert' resource. The group will be responsible for leading your classmates in a discussion of the assigned topic area. The week prior to your discussion section you are to provide research/scholarly based articles as general readings for your topic area. The discussion foci can include: what are the leading explanatory frameworks, what are the costs to the individual, what are the legal and ethical considerations, how does this topic interface with your role as a health professional, and what are the effects upon families and society. Perspectives and information should include victims, perpetuators and survivors. The students who are learners will be responsible for questioning, interacting and clarifying the content presented. The learners will be asked to evaluate their values and beliefs regarding the topic area and share how participation and knowledge has changed or not changed their perspectives and responses with regard to the topical area. (60% of course grade)

Each student will be responsible for evaluating themselves. The instructor will provide a framework for evaluation. At the final class meeting all students must turn in the completed written evaluation form. As instructor I hold the option of modifying the grade you have assigned to yourself. Evalution will reflect completion of course objectives and completion of all assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Patricia Betrus
Date: 05/27/2004