Major themes in the course
I Introduction to Violence Prevention Strategies and Developing Health Communities
Overview of Political and Social Consciousness Issues of Violence in urban centers and how that affects individuals, families, institutions and society as a whole.
Violence Prevention Intervention Strategies – exploration of theories around violence prevention and various intervention strategies, including restorative justice, case management, conflict resolution and street outreach
Community Development and Enhancement – overview of community development versus community enhancement approaches (needs-based approach versus asset based approaches); Who determines what needs developing? What is the civic process? What institutions must be involved? What are the costs? Where do resources come from? How is enhancement determined? What is innovation and what role does it play? What are innovative strategies?
II Navigating the Landscape of the Violence Prevention Field
Actors and Organizations in the Violence Prevention Field – overview of public and private organizations that are actors and stakeholders in the field of violence prevention; who are the stakeholders? Examination of the different approaches organizations employ in working toward the mission of preventing violence; how to evaluate how an organization’s mission translates to their practical work on the ground
III Introduction to Community Based Research
Introduction to Community Based Research – what is community-based research? What methods are employed in community based research? How can community based research be used as a political advocacy tool in urban communities?
Contextualized Research - engagement with organizations and individuals working in the field of violence prevention, peace building and community development; examination of the relationship between local policy and the effects it has on the most impacted populations.
IV Career and Leadership Development
Leadership – What is leadership? What is the difference between traditional and non-traditional leadership?
The Context of Leadership Development – What is institutionalized oppression? How does market-force conflict impact community? Identifying the community’s values and voice
Developing Non-Traditional Leadership – What is adaptive leadership? What is followership? What are the innovative tools for developing leadership capacity? How do non-traditional leaders develop self-mastery and multicultural awareness?
General Work Experience
1-3 units (hours to be arranged)
Corequisite: During regular semesters, students must enroll in a minimum of seven units including Cooperative Work Experience Education. During summer sessions, students must enroll in one other class in addition to Cooperative Work Experience Education.
Acceptable for credit: CSU & UC’s
Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 16 units for work experience education.
Cheating Policy; students caught violating academic honesty and integrity issues on assignments will receive a grade of zero (0) - for that assignment. Plagiarism is the use of someone else's ideas or words in any way without citing them OR “merely” cutting and pasting whole sections of your paper from other sources without highly significant words of your own connecting and explaining use of those words -- even if you cite such words -- (including words of another student) in part or in total without proper academic attribution.
Withdrawal and incomplete policy: Consult with me and I can take care of certain withdrawals BUT students who wish to withdraw themselves must do so before the last “W” date and must inform the registrar's office in writing. Note: You cannot get a “W” from me just because you are getting less than an “A.” If you want an “A” do what it takes to get one. No incompletes will be awarded without timely consultation with the instructor prior to any due dates and only with a very appropriate reason and where there is only a minimal amount of work to be finished.
Basic Skills and Language issues: If English is not your first language OR if you have a documented learning disability OR if you have difficulties with Basic Skills of college level performance; you are encouraged to make use of our Basic Skills English/ESL Lab (Room L-234; phone 748-2132). You’ll need to register for lab hours – but that is at no cost to you – so do this early! You can receive one-on-one help from tutors and other professionals with Studying, reading, and writing and general language issues. Other difficulties (e.g. learning disability) can be addressed as well – however, you must see me so special arrangements can be made to improve your performance on the exams and assignments.