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LSTD350 - Victim Advocacy

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD350 Course ID: 4725 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course prepares students to provide assistance to crime victims. What a victim advocate is and their rights and responsibilities will be discussed. Students will learn how to navigate through the Criminal Justice System to include both the civil and criminal litigation process, as well as understanding the steps to help victims towards a successful recovery. The course prepares the student to work in victim advocacy arenas such as crisis hotlines, domestic violence shelters, etc. Course topics include legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victims-rights, effects of victimization, victim advocate skills, and crisis intervention.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a victim advocate.
  • Summarize victim advocacy legislation.
  • Describe the legal process in victim's advocacy.
  • Analyze the effects of crime on victims.
  • Distinguish the skills required of a victim's advocate.
  • Apply crisis intervention practices to factual scenarios.

The grading will be based on graded assignments, a research paper and open-book midterm and final examination.

Forums and Assignments: There will be nine (9) Forum Discussions (counting the required Introduction) and three (3) written assignments during the course. The assignments will be comprised of written essays. All have been selected to provide the student with hands-on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

Book Title: Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Publication Info: Harvard, Columbia Law Review
ISBN: 9780692400197
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
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Publication Info:
ISBN: ERESERVE NOTE

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780692400197
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.