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HSFS 339 Issues and Actions in Family Policy

This course considers the impact of public choices on life within families. It is generally offered during the state legislative session in order to give students opportunity to participate in the legislative process. The policy issues covered vary from year to year. Topics may cover competing rights of children and parents, culturally-specific/friendly family policy, international family policy comparisons, and other family policy issues.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Apply family policy concepts to a policy issue and write an effective letter to an elected official arguing for his/her support or opposition to a legislative initiative.
  • Explain how government actions can improve or decrease the well being of families.
  • Identify which policies affect families.
  • Understand how socio-cultural changes affect families and family policy.
  • Write four five-page papers discussing various issues related to family policy.

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.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Issues and Actions in Family Policy Gibbons, Roberta Books for HSFS-339-50 Spring 2024 Course details for HSFS-339-50 Spring 2024