Instructions for Research Assignment and Newspaper Op-Ed
Social Work and Violence
You may propose to focus your assignment on a specific form of violence experienced by men; however, please be advised that if your proposal is approved you must still use the assignment format below (including a consideration of why it is an important issue for feminists).
· Violence against women in the military
· Violence against homeless women
· Violence against incarcerated women
· Violence against welfare reliant women
· Violence against women sex workers
· Violence against older women (elder abuse)
· Violence against women in the workplace
· Intimate partner violence experienced by a specific LGBTQ+ population (select one of the following: gay men, lesbian women, bisexual men, bisexual women, transgender individuals).
· Sexual violence experienced by a specific LGBTQ+ population (select one of the following: gay men, lesbian women, bisexual men, bisexual women, transgender individuals).
· Hate crime violence perpetrated against individuals from a specific racialized population, a specific religious group, a specific LGBTQ+ population, or persons with specific disabilities
Part 1: Research Assignment
For the topic area selected, students are asked to conduct a review of the relevant research, conceptual, and theoretical scholarly literature on this topic addressing the following issues (as appropriate or relevant to the topic):
· Key concepts and/or definitions that may be needed for your reader to understand this issue
· Prevalence and scope of this form of violence (e.g. How common is this form of violence? Do we have a sense of how many women are likely to experience this form of violence?)
· Victims’ experiences of this form of violence (e.g. What do we know about the characteristics of individuals who are most likely to experience this form of violence? Are there specific factors or circumstances that elevate the vulnerability to violence for some victims? What do we know about how this specific form of violence impacts the lives of the women who experience it?).
Please note: You are welcome to include qualitative data, narratives, or quotes from victims about their experiences of violence if you are able to find such data in public sources (such as qualitative research studies, personal blogs, media accounts, etc.)
· Overview of the state of research knowledge on this topic (e.g. Are there major topics, trends, or themes that emerge across the literature you’ve reviewed on this topic? Are there controversies in the field or points of contention? Are there significant gaps in the literature on this topic or things we still just don’t know?)
· Significance of this issue for feminist anti-violence activists (e.g. Why is this form of violence an important area of concern for feminists? How might feminist anti-violence activists frame or approach this issue?)
· Significance of this issue for social workers (e.g. Why is this form of violence an important area of concern for social workers?
briefly to explain the central issue and provide a brief background of the issue. Remember, you are talking to the general public, not social workers, academics, or specialists in the field of violence. Assume that your reader is intelligent but has limited knowledge of the specific issue that you are raising. Avoid use of “jargon” if possible; if not, make sure that you explain any terms that might be unfamiliar to those in the general public.
· The evidence: Here is where you make your supporting arguments (aka why the reader should agree with you). Provide multiple pieces of “evidence” to make your case. Persuade your reader. Some people are persuaded by “the head” (statistics and research findings), other people are persuaded by “the heart” (stories, narratives, personal experiences that humanize an issue). Whatever evidence you choose to use, make it compelling.
· The rebuttal: Here is where you anticipate a counter-argument (aka why someone might not agree with you). Name it, and then tear it down! Why is the possible rebuttal flawed, based on inaccurate information or assumptions, or simply not relevant?
· The conclusion: This is your last chance to bring it home. Summarize your main points and emphasize what you want your reader to take away from your piece. Do you want them to think differently? Do you want to call on them to take a specific form of action?