Aggression and violence in schools has become a central concern facing many teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches, and other school personnel. While the media has given much attention to the infrequent, yet extreme, incidences of violence in our public schools, this course will address issues of aggression and violence more broadly. The persistent but subtle coercive aggression of a student can have considerable impact on the experience of those around him or her. The bullying behavior in our schools and classrooms that recently has received increasing attention can deeply affect the atmosphere of our campuses and neighborhoods. While some of the course material explores the more dramatic and extreme violence in our schools, much of the focus is on this broad range—from coercive verbal aggression to physical violence and assault.