Thursday, May 24, 2007

Interesting HPER Class for Fall

The course is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Underclassmen, in particular, are encouraged to register for the class as it is hoped that students who complete this class will later consider registering for subsequent practicum credits while serving as facilitators for campus sexual assault prevention programming efforts. Students with an interest in health promotion, health education, gender studies and theatre (as some programming involves acting) may be particularly interested in or well-suited for this class.

HPER H317 Class Number: 28996 5:45P-8:15P Wednesday (Requires authorization of instructor Debby Herbenick. Email: 3 credits

Sexual Violence: Campus, Community and Global Issues Related to Sexual Assault, Gender-Based Violence and Social Change

This class will focus on the theoretical and social constructions of masculinity and femininity and will explore how these constructions influence gender-based violence in campus, community and international cultures. Students will learn about the socio-cultural dynamics involved in sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Students will learn group presentation skills to facilitate interactive workshops for the campus community. These workshops will target changing attitudes and beliefs that are supportive of violence; increasing knowledge about sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking; increasing awareness of how to help a friend; and exploring how to intervene in these situations with friends. Students will also learn skills to engage with local and international community-based organizations in the promotion and implementation of sexual assault prevention programming.

NOTE: This class counts as an elective outside the College of Arts and Sciences. Students majoring in CMCL are limited in the number of credits they can take outside the College, so make sure that you have room for an elective like this before signing up (e-mail me at if you’re not sure).