2013-14 Course Descriptions

FAM - Family Studies   
Department of Marriage and Family Studies (CBS)
FAM 251 Introduction to Family Studies (3-0-3), fall, spring. The study of relationships, marriages and families as a social science. Examines interpersonal relationships and the dynamics of marriage and family life with an emphasis on the formation of healthy relationships and the maintenance of marital and family strengths.  May be used to satisfy University Requirements.    
FAM 265 Child Development (3-1-3), fall, spring. Examines the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of children from conception through adolescence including the appropriate care and guidance of children during infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. Theories of child development and the dynamic interaction of children with their social environments are examined.
FAM 285 Family Theories: An Introduction (3-0-3), fall.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of theoretical frameworks for understanding the internal dynamics of family systems. Students will explore how major concepts from various theories can be utilized to explain and predict human behavior in the context of interpersonal relationships and family life.
FAM 356 Human Intimacy (3-0-3), spring. Current social science research and literature pertaining to the dynamics of human intimacy and sexuality are examined from a biopsychosocial perspective. This course provides a conceptual framework and understanding of human sexuality necessary to address a multitude of sexual issues encountered when working with a highly diverse and secular audience. Prerequisite: junior standing.
FAM 362 Families in Society (3-0-3), spring.  Examines historical and current trends in marriage and family life relevant to contemporary American society.  The course provides an eco-systemic view of marriage and family life and demonstrates how social policies and family laws as well as social service programs impact the ability of families to fulfill their social functions.  Same as SOCI 362.
FAM 432 Family Finances (3-0-3), spring. Principles of finance and utilization of time and energy resources for the family. Includes spending plans, credit, savings, insurance, housing, taxes, investments, and estate planning.
FAM 452 Parenting and Family Skills (3-0-3), fall, spring. Principles of effective parenting including theoretical approaches to understanding parent/child relations, the etiology of child behaviors, dysfunctional parenting styles and mechanisms of behavior change. Emphasis is given to strengthening positive behaviors and developing significant perceptions and skills in children. Different family structures and interactions over the family life-span are considered.
FAM 453 Family Crises and Resiliency
(3-0-3), spring. Consideration of social institutions and resources in the community as they affect the well-being of children and families. Attention is given to: (1) families experiencing stress and crises; (2) working with nontraditional family structures (e.g., single parent and stepfamilies) (3) community resources for meeting family needs; and (4) providing students with practical experiences and information needed to work effectively with community groups.
FAM 454 Aging and the Family (3-0-3), spring. Examines successful aging from a bio-psychosocial framework with an emphasis on changes in interpersonal relationships, roles, and family dynamics associated with aging family members. Topics include: common problems and decisions facing aging families, marriage in later life, being single, parent-child relationships, sibling ties, the role of grandparents, divorce and remarriage, physiological/health issues leading to increased dependency and long-term care and one's life review.
FAM 455 Ministry to Fathers (3-0-3), fall, spring. Reviews current literature on fathering with an emphasis on equipping men and women (husbands and wives) for the vital role that fathers play in the lives of their children/family. Examines the impact of father absence on the lives of sons and daughters, including barriers that hinder father involvement. Participants examine the principles of effective fathering as well as how wives contribute to their husband's fathering style. Biblical principles of masculinity are examined as well as how men become spiritual leaders of their families.
FAM 470 Family Life Education Methodology (3-0-3), fall.  Provides students with an understanding of the competencies, broad knowledge base, and skills required for the ethical practice of family life education.  Students acquire knowledge regarding the design, implementation and evaluation of family life education programs including methods of teaching/learning relevant to diverse audiences within a variety of community settings.  Prerequisites: FAM 251, FAM 356, FAM 452, or approval of instructor.

FAM 485 Ethics and Professional Development (3-0-3), spring.  This course is designed to foster the personal and professional development of Family Studies majors via the integration of faith and learning, the process of ethical decision making and the requisite professional skills required by careers in family life education and social services.  Satisfies capstone and writing intensive course requirements.
FAM 495 Family Studies Practicum (1-8-3),* fall, spring. Supervised experience in a community setting having an identified family life education or service program. Minimum of 125 clock hours service-learning in the community program, plus one hour seminar per week to integrate the field experience with the family studies curriculum and to engage in reflective assessment of skill and knowledge in personal development as a family service practitioner. Prerequisites: senior standing; advisor and department chair approval; and acceptance of the student by a community program.
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