Take a Course

 

Take a Course

The Bystander Initiative offers two courses that prepare you to lead BI workshops: Practical Strategies for Social Change (3500) and Practicum in Social Change (4500). They can be taken for credit in Criminology, General Social Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Course 1: Practical Strategies for Social Change: Intervening to Prevent Sexual Violence

PSYC-3500, SACR-3500, SOSC-3500, SWRK-3500, WGST-3500

Take this course and learn:

  • Sexual Violence: What it is. Where and why it happens. How to support victims/survivors.

  • Bystander Effect: Why good people don’t help in emergency situations, and how this reluctance can be overcome.

  • Prevention: Why it’s important to speak out against sexually violent language and behaviour, and how to prevent a sexual assault before it happens.

This course is restricted to semester 4+ students who have attained a cumulative GPA of 66% or higher at the time of application. Interested students may apply for Course 2 where you will deepen your knowledge of sexual violence prevention and learn to deliver Bringing in the Bystander® workshops for other undergraduate students.

Course applications go live October 1 for Winter term and April 1 for Fall term.

 

 

Course 2: Practicum in Social Change

PSYC-4500, SACR-4500, SOSC-4500, SWRK-4500, WGST-4500

Take this course and learn:

  • Sexual Violence Prevention: Why prevention is important, and why some programs are more effective than others.

  • Bringing in the Bystander®: What it is and why it works.

  • Leadership: How to be an effective workshop facilitator. How to respond to participants’ questions and concerns. How to offer and receive feedback. How to motivate others.

This course is restricted to students who received a final grade of 80%+ in Course 1 at the time of application.

This course qualifies for Community Engagement Learning credit, the FAHSS LEAD Medallion Scholars Program, and the Science LEAD Medallion Scholars Program.

Course applications go live October 1 for Winter term and April 1 for Fall term.

 
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