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Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era

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Course Description

In the last few years, sexual harassment has become a hotly debated topic in the public conversation. Whether it's because of scandals in Hollywood and on Capitol Hill, social movements, news reports of instances, or just an increased awareness of the issue, it seems like everyone's talking about it. And yet so many do not know that much about sexual harassment: what it is, who it affects, where it happens, etc.

Sexual harassment in the workplace isn't just a popular area of conversation; it's a real issue that is creating problems for ordinary people who are just trying to make a living. There are many misconceptions about what does or doesn't count as sexual harassment, and who actually experiences it. There are so many myths surrounding sexual harassment that many people do not know what to do when they experience it--as a victim, a bystander, or even as an instigator. This makes it hard for it to be addressed and for any real change to be made.

This course will look the truth of sexual harassment in the workplace and hopefully put to rest some of the misconceptions that prevent it from being taken seriously. Some of the topics that will be discussed will be the history of sexual harassment, the laws that determine what it is and what can be done about it, and the different roles that are involved in a particular instance.

This course is intended to serve as a tool for those who are looking to combat sexual harassment in the professional world and to help those who have been victimized by it. Do you have what it takes to join the fight?

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required

Course Topics

Lesson One - What Is Sexual Harassment?

Lesson Two - The History of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Lesson Three - Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Today

Lesson Four - The Hidden Costs Of Sexual Harassment

Lesson Five - Understanding Opportunity And Motivation

Lesson Six - Identifying Offenders, Helpers/Apologists, and Rule Benders

Lesson Seven - Understanding Laws and Their Role

Lesson Eight - Crisis Management: What To Do

Lesson Nine - Anatomy Of A Sexual Harassment Case: The Process Of Claiming Sexual Harassment

Lesson Ten - Anatomy Of A Sexual Harassment Case: Legal Proceedings

Lesson Eleven - How To Move Forward: For Businesses

Lesson Twelve - How To Move Forward: For Victims

Lesson Thirteen - How To Move Forward: For The Harasser

Lesson Fourteen - Preventing Harassment And Promoting Workplace Equity

Lesson Fifteen - Additional Resources

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what sexual harassment is.
  • Describe the history of sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Describe sexual harassment in the workplace today.
  • Know the hidden costs of sexual harassment.
  • Describe methods for identifying offenders, helpers/apologists, and rule benders.
  • Know laws and their role.
  • Know anatomy of a sexual harassment case.
  • Know ways to move forward after a sexual harassment incident: for businesses, victims, and the harasser, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Quiz9
Lesson 2 Quiz8
Lesson 3 Quiz9
Lesson 4 Quiz9
Lesson 5 Quiz9
Lesson 6 Quiz10
Lesson 7 Quiz9
Lesson 8 Quiz9
Lesson 9 Quiz10
Lesson 10 Quiz10
Lesson 11 Quiz10
Lesson 12 Quiz7
Lesson 13 Quiz10
Lesson 14 Quiz9
Lesson 15 Quiz10
The Final Exam60
Total Points:198

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