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ERIC Number: ED329502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 11
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Transforming Students' Attitudes about Sexual Violence.
Sheffield, Carole J.
An overview of the curriculum of a college course entitled "Politics and Sex" and several strategies found to be effective in transforming students' attitudes about sexual violence are presented. The structure of the course rests on two fundamental principles, both associated with feminist theory. First, the personal is political. Second, that violence and its threat are the underpinning of all systems of oppression and therefore, the analysis of male sexual violence rests on a theoretical premise that violence and its threat is the foundation of male dominance. The strategies for teaching about sexual violence are centered on specific pedagogical objectives, such as the idea of fear as a form of social control and the prevalence of sexual violence in the culture. Teaching effectively about sexual violence involves making the focus for students both personal--that their own attitudes and behaviors are tied to the perpetuation of sexual violence--and systemic--that sexual terrorism is not accidental or coincidental but rather structural and institutional. A list of six references is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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