Pre-Course Reflection

Upon reading the syllabus and Dr. Boppre's teaching style, how are you feeling about this class?

This is my second class with Dr. Boppre, so I am familiar with her teaching style. I'm really looking forward to this course because I know that I will be successful in learning online. I like the content Dr. Boppre shares with us. It challenges my existing way of thinking, and it helps me see other perspectives. I also like that Dr. Boppre is so learner centered and wants us to learn the content.

What are you most excited for? What are you nervous about?

I'm excited to dive into the content. My experience with violence against women is my own personal experience and 23 seasons of SVU. I am looking forward to learning about other perspectives and extending my knowledge of the issues women face.

I'm not nervous like I was last semester. I know what to expect in this course based on Dr. Boppre's teaching style. I know I will learn and be successful. I'll retain the information (what made me nervous last time) because we are interacting with the content.

Beyond the learning objectives I set for the course, list 2-3 goals you have for yourself in taking this course.
  1. Brainstorming ways to prevent violence against women is big for me. As I mentioned above, I base a lot of my ideas on my own experiences. By learning about the intersectional realities, I hope to broaden my ideas for prevention programs to use in future work.

  2. My goal is to get a PhD in Social Policy so I can write policies for survivors of SA on college campuses (where I want to start). This course will broaden my knowledge of how different women are affected by violence (and SA), so I can write a comprehensive policy for all women and not just women like me.

What have your prior courses taught you about victimization among families?

I have learned that victimization in families looks many ways. Any "type" of family can be affected: race, class, gender, etc. do not determine who will experience violence. The violence doesn't just affect the abused and the abuser; everyone in the home (even pets) is affected. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can occur between roommates; you do not need to be involved in a romantic relationship to experience victimization. There are many reasons abuse occurs, and it is important that everyone in the home get treatment once there has been victimization.

Why did you sign up for this course?

As I mentioned above, I have a prior experience (from 1995) where I experienced a major violation. It has driven the work that I do now. I want to add to my personal experience with research-based knowledge and broaden my scope beyond my own story. This course is important for Victim Studies majors because it sounds like it provides a foundation that is needed if you want to work with women who have experienced violence. Although I do not want to provide direct services, I do want to write policy for women, so I need to have the research-based knowledge and an understanding of all groups of women who are affected by violence.

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