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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 393 • Contemporary Issues/Practices in Sexual Assault

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49792 F
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
9:00 AM-5:30 PM
SSW 2.132
SSW 2.132

Course Description

Class meets September 1-30 This course will survey theories regarding the causation of sexual assault, the history of the contemporary movement to address sexual assault, international, national, state, and local policy issues, prevention and intervention practice models, as well as administrative, community practice, and research issues in the field. Specific topics to be addressed include: the bio-psycho-social needs of sexual assault survivors, power and control dynamics of sexual assault, legal and criminal justice issues, and services to special populations including women of color, lesbians and gays, persons with disabilities, young and older victims, and victims who are recent immigrants. In addition, theory and practice of healthy relationships will be examined. As social workers and other human service workers may encounter families experiencing sexual assault in a variety of settings, this course provides an overview of contemporary issues in sexual assault, designed to empower future social work practitioners with the conceptual frameworks and knowledge base necessary for effective intervention.

Grading Policy

10 points: Culture Watch 20 points: SANE Room Tour Reaction Paper 20 points: Assigned Readings and Presentation 10 points: Class Participation 40 points: Class Project or Small Group Projects


Students will be assigned a set of required readings for this course. Copies of the articles and book chapters listed under required readings in the Course Calendar will be available in a course packet a week before class starts and two weeks before any readings assignments are due from this reading packet. Sebold, A. (1999). Lucky. Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company Warshaw, R. (1988). I Never Called It Rape. New York, NY: Harper & Row. Additional readings will be required and will be handed out in class the week before the readings are required.


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