SW 643 Gender-based Violence: What It Is and What Social Workers Can Do To Prevent and Respond To It
Gender-based violence (GBV), which includes domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and child marriage, is recognized by the United Nations and the World Health Organization as a global social and health problem with pervasive costs. Using an intersectional approach, this mini-course will provide an overview of the significance and impact of GBV as relevant to social work professional code to address social injustice. Additional topics will include the socioecological framework applied to GBV prevention, the relationship between GBV and gender and social norms, protective and risk factors based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, efforts to engage men in prevention, trauma informed responses to survivors, and the role of policy. Students will also gain clarity about the conceptual and practical implications of the difference between prevention of and response to GBV, and the different ways social workers can engage in change work. Prerequisite: Successful completion of SW 500 level coursework.
Bachelor of Social Work Program The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially-just practice, the School prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society. Social work is a major professional discipline in the Social Sciences. The term social welfare denotes organized public or private social services pertaining to human needs: adequate nutrition and safe housing, health and mental health, education, economic security, social participation, dignity, and civil and political rights for disadvantaged people. The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on practice and advocacy, based on ethical principles, scientific inquiry, and best practices at the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on: The strengths inherent in these systems. The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process. The promotion of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above. The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing. Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel prevention and interventions methods, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations. The BSW program is offered on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Advising