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The course addresses issues affecting families and their relationships to other institutions and to society in general. Students will develop an understanding of the complexities of family roles, relationships, interactions, and changes throughout the lifespan.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Defining structures and functions of families.
- Determining the leading theoretical approaches to studying the family.
- Exploring the history of the American family and the effect of demographic trends.
- Examining the emergence of the modern concepts of sexuality and the forming of partnerships through dating, courtship, and cohabitation.
- Analyzing the persistence and change in the institution of marriage.
- Describing the impact of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and culture on the private and public family.
- Examining the impact of socio-economic factors on family well-being and decision making.
- Identifying how families allocate resources to meet their goals.
- Explaining the impact of parenting practices and processes in the socialization of children.
- Examining the changing parenting roles over the Life Cycle.
- Exploring laws and public policies that affect families as members interact with each other and with society.
- Discussing the development, formation, implementation, and application of policy issues related to family issues and social problems.
- Explaining the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education.
- Examining the formation of values within the family unit.
- Discussing family dynamics in single-parent and blended families.