HSFS 338

Family: Racial, Gender and Class Dimensions

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course familiarizes students with the diversity that exists in families. It is intended for students who want to gain a better understanding of the family, and for students specializing in psychology or human services related fields. Structural inequalities in society based on wealth, race/ethnicity and gender are presented as key determinants in the diversity of family forms and in differing experiences within families.

Learning outcomes


  • Discuss how racial differences, gender differences, and class differences explain variations in family structural and experience.
  • Frame and articulate pro and con academic arguments on issues related to family diversity.
  • Relate societal changes and developments to changes in the family.
  • Understand the meaning of family as a social-cultural and historical construct.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.