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HSFS 338 Family: Racial, Gender and Class Dimensions

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.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

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.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Family: Racial, Gender and Class Dimensions Preston, Marilyn Jean Books for HSFS-338-50 Fall 2024 Course details for HSFS-338-50 Fall 2024