bshs406 | undergraduate

Family And Social Systems: Contemporary Trends And Issues

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Theories of public and private families, as differentiated by societal interaction, are explored with a focus on family systems as they exist within social systems. Micro and macro family environments are investigated. Students will examine theories involving the interconnected and interdependent features of contemporary families in a range of social systems. Topics include the family, the state, and social policy with historical perspectives from federal and state legislation. Students will debate current trends in social policy, the efficacy of social welfare systems on a global scale, and demonstrate an understanding of the concept of practical compromise. Roles of the human service worker as advocate and service provider in the family systems context will be addressed.



This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Sexuality and Spirituality in the Life Cycle

    • Explain how sexuality impacts developmental issues.

    • Describe changing dynamics of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community and their impact on human services.

    • Analyze the influence of spirituality on the family life cycle.

    Transitions in the Life Cycle

    • Identify challenges associated with parenting and becoming a family.

    • Analyze the transformations adolescents experience and its effect on the family.

    • Analyze the effect of single-parent families and divorce on individuals and their family.

    • Identify the need for practical compromise.

    Clinical Issues and the Life Cycle

    • Recognize what effect alcohol could have on the life cycle.

    • Analyze what impact violence has on the life cycle.

    • Evaluate the role of ritual in the life cycle.

    The Changing Context of the Individual and Family

    • Describe the major concepts in the family and individual life cycle.

    • Explain how individuals develop self-determination and autonomy.

    • Describe the role of self-determination and autonomy in the life cycle.

    • Identify how policies and legislation have influenced individuals, families, issues, and trends

    Understanding Gender, Class, and the Life Cycle

    • Explain the differences in the changing life cycle between women and men.

    • Analyze the impact of gender, class, and race on individual access to opportunity.

    • Analyze the impact of gender, class, and race on family access to opportunity.

    • Explore current trends in social policy and the efficacy of social welfare systems on a local, state, national, and global scale.
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