General Course Information for HED 414: Violence & Bullying Prevention

Course: HED 414 - Violence & Bullying Prevention
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Course Description:

Focus on the nature, extent, causes and consequences, and remedies to forms of school violence, bullying, harassment, and cyber-intimidation. Discuss the personal, social, and legal ramifications and requirements for providing a safe, inclusive school environment. Explore preventative strategies and conflict-resolution techniques educators can utilize when issues occur.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the nature, dynamics, and causes of school violence within the context of "the culture of violence".
  • Identify the social and cultural factors and perceptions contributing to all forms of violence, intimidation, harassment, bullying.
  • Examine the impact of violence, bullying, harassment, and cyber-intimidation in lives of children, adolescents, families.
  • Classify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and causes of violent behaviors.
  • Assess effectiveness of current approaches and strategies in violence and bullying prevention.
  • Discuss techniques for conflict resolution.
  • Create an effective school violence prevention plan that involves the school, parents, and community.
Course Requirements:

Complete readings and participate in classroom or chat room discussions. Analyze five Internet sites that could be used for teaching about violence, intimidation, harassment, bullying and cyber-intimidation. Develop a written paper identifying and analyzing the effectiveness of one evidence-based prevention program for school violence, harassment, bullying and cyber-intimidation. Develop a teaching plan that could be used to teach about violence. Share written plan and prepare presentation to share with class. Develop a written research paper identifying any objectives in and that relates to school violence and the role of a health educator in meeting the objectives. Include an interview of a school or community health educator. In class analysis of case studies on violence and bullying. Midterm exam and comprehensive final exam.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures