Child Advocacy and Policy Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.


Course Descriptions:

CHAD100: Introduction to Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with an overview of the field of child advocacy. The role of the child advocate is explored in a myriad of professional settings. Ethical, legal and professional responsibilities are discussed. 3 sh.

CHAD200: Ecological Systems of the Developing Child (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with an understanding of major issues in normal development from infancy through adolescence, with a particular focus on areas that are most germane to current child advocacy efforts in child protection, education, juvenile justice and custody determinations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

CHAD202: Cultural Competencies in Child Welfare (3 hours lecture)

This course will identify the three components of cultural competency that have been identified in the child welfare field: value base, knowledge, and skills. The course will focus on enabling students to examine the values that are necessary for a culturally competent understanding and response to child welfare, specifically accepting the existence of biases and developing a commitment to a strengths-based model that relies on respect and working toward empowerment as a goal for intervention. Culture is defined broadly, and the course will expose students to a range of belief systems common in different groups concerning child rearing and child maltreatment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

CHAD210: Child Abuse and Neglect (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the concepts of child abuse and neglect, utilizing social science theory and research. Causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect will be explored, and multidisciplinary approaches to intervention and prevention will be addressed. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or CHAD 100.

CHAD212: Children and Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course provides a multi-systemic view of child welfare issues. It reviews and discusses children's rights from a systems perspective. Societal issues of poverty, violence and isolation within a historical context are explored. The course explores and discusses advocacy protocols and practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or CHAD 100.

CHAD300: Forensic Interviewing of Children (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an investigation and analysis of the process and nature of different forms of interviewing techniques. It explores intra-personal and inter-personal aspects of the communication process. A framework for interviewing individuals of diverse backgrounds is examined. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212.

CHAD302: Public Child Welfare (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an examination of the field of Public Child Welfare, its historical roots and the contemporary systems that have evolved to serve the needs of children at risk. This course will provide an in depth study of provisions made to respond to the needs of children, youth, and families for whom protection and advocacy are required to ensure their survival and quality of life. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212.

CHAD310: Child Welfare Research and Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with an overview of research processes and methods, focusing on program evaluation within the child welfare system. Students will develop skills on how to appropriately interpret empirical research as well as how to apply research to best practices in child welfare. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212.

CHAD312: Fatherhood (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on changing role of fathers. While fathering was traditionally considered a secondary activity for men and men seen as ancillary in children's lives, this view is not only outdated, but fading in contemporary society. This course will focus on the importance of a father role in child advocacy and how men's family roles has taken on different dimensions, and how these roles are reflected in contemporary society, movies, media, and in the legal arenas. From a multidisciplinary perspective, students will analyze the dynamics of the "father" role in a child's life and explore strategies for advocacy on the importance of a father role is a child's life. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100; CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212 or departmental approval.

CHAD320: Children and the Law (3 hours lecture)

Students will examine legal and policy concepts regarding the status and rights of children and society's obligation to them throughout the American Legal System. Students will gain a deeper and broader understanding of constitutional law concepts, juvenile court, criminal procedure, family courts and contract law. Students will analyze legal principles and court decisions and how they impact, change and shape public policy. In addition, strategies for advocacy and for policy changes will be described. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100; CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212 or departmental approval.

CHAD330: Problems of Childhood: Advocacy and Intervention (3 hours lecture)

Students will gain an understanding of learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on both risk and protective factors that influence children's development. Advocacy and intervention strategies to address problems of childhood will be emphasized. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 100; CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212 or departmental approval.

CHAD340: Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course reviews and discusses selected problems of social disorganization. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach in examining family problems related to poverty, drug abuse and violence. Causation of delinquency and the fragmentation of the family system are examined. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212.

CHAD420: Practicum in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with a supervised field placement in an agency engaged in child advocacy. The seminar will provide classroom instruction and discussion about issues related to the students' placements. Site supervisors will provide guidance and supervision regarding the tasks assigned. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 300 or CHAD 302 or CHAD 310 or CHAD 340.

CHAD470: Senior Seminar in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students who are exploring the field of child advocacy and its relationship to other disciplines that serve the needs of children and families. This course will rely on specialists in the field to present research, knowledge of their field, opportunities, and entry level requirements involved in becoming a professional in the student's area of interest. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 300 or CHAD 302 or CHAD 310 or CHAD 340.

JURI210: Perspectives on Law (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the theoretical foundations and practical applications of legislative and judicial areas in United States legal systems. Integrating readings from theorists, scholars and jurists, the course introduces students to methodologies for resolving legal problems within the evolving United States system of law. Students may take LAWS 200 or JURI 210 but not both courses. Students in the Jurisprudence and/or Political Science majors should take JURI 210, not LAWS 200. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

LAWS302: Legal Research (3 hours lecture)

Study of principles and methods of research as applied to law and government. Exploration of the sources of law including case law, legislative process and intent, statutory law and public administration. Contrastive applications of law library research and computer-assisted legal research. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS205: Introduction to Public Administration (3 hours lecture)

Literature and developments in the field of public administration; the federal bureaucracy in the policy-making process. 3 sh.

POLS304: State and Local Government (3 hours lecture)

State political sub-systems, including their administrative and local sub-systems, federal-state relations, political institutions and groups in the states and in New Jersey. This course helps students understand lawmaking and enforcement as functions of state and local government. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS310: Public Personnel Administration (3 hours lecture)

The problems and processes in the U.S. of public personnel administration at the state and local level. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 205 or departmental approval.