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Family and Social Systems: Contemporary Trends and Issues


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Course level: Upper Division

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.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

The Evolving Concept of the Family

Understanding Gender, Socioeconomic Class, and Race-Ethnicity

Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage

Links Across the Generations

Clinical Issues and the Life-cycle


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