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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers several academic courses that educate students on issues around sexual misconduct, many of which offer opportunities to become advocates and peer educators in the campus and community. Take a look at some of the options available!

CHLH 199B: Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE)

(3 credit hours)

Do you want to learn more about a social problem that is very pertinent to students on campus? Do you like classes where you can discuss topics in-depth with your peers in a safe, supportive environment? Do you want to get involved and find a way to make a difference? In this course, students will examine sexual violence in the college environment, its various institutional and cultural contexts, and how to support survivors, as well as develop practical skills for leading peer workshops for the FYCARE (First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education) program. During the course, students can apply to be FYCARE facilitators for future semesters. For more information, contact instructor Molly McLay, Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center.

CHLH 340B2 / SOCW 350B2: Advanced CARE Seminar

(3 credit hours)

Have you taken CHLH 199B: CARE and want to get even more involved in sexual assault prevention and awareness efforts on campus? Do you want a chance to work more closely with other peer educators and create your own projects? In this course, students will cultivate practical skills in the preparation and presentation of sexual violence prevention and education workshops to campus community groups as an extension of the Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE) program. This is a practicum course that meets every two weeks and requires 20 hours of outside work creating sexual violence workshops and awareness events. The course is limited to former CHLH 199B students only, and it can be taken as credit in either community health or social work. For more information, contact instructor Molly McLay, Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center.

GWS 150: Contemporary Issues in Women's Studies

(3 credit hours)

Explores the most recent debate and research related to contemporary issues that affect primarily women. Reviews issues related to sexual and domestic violence, gender socialization, feminization of poverty, women's health, sexual harassment, work and family, politics, and media influences from a multi-discipline and multi-cultural perspective. For more information, contact instructor Pat Morey, Director of the Women's Resources Center.

GWS 390: Individual Study

(credit hours vary)

Students interested in an internship-quality volunteer position at the Women's Resources Center or a related community agency serving women may earn course credit for their work. Scheduling, supervision, and detailed course expectations will be discussed individually and approved prior to registration for the course. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: one course in Gender and Women's Studies; consent of instructor. For more information, contact Pat Morey or Molly McLay.

PSYC 340/341: Child Assault Prevention Education (CAPE)

(2 semesters, 4 credits each semester)

The Child Assault Prevention Education class is a unique learning opportunity that combines traditional coursework and community engagement. The classroom component of the course provides students with a framework for understanding and evaluating issues related to various forms of child maltreatment. This component consists of readings, discussions, projects, and group work. Students also volunteer at local elementary schools to help implement a child assault prevention program. Students then integrate their class-based and practical experience to better understand various forms of child maltreatment. For more information, contact Dr. Nathan Todd.