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HSFS 341 Work and Family

Until recently, the worlds of family and work were seen as separate spheres. Today, people are aware of the many possible relationships between work and family in society. This course examines the challenges, issues and problems associated with a variety of contemporary work-family patterns including single-provider, dual-provider and single-parent families, and families who own their own businesses.

Learning outcomes


  • Clarifies personal values about work life issues addressed in class.
  • Gains awareness of work life related issues in public arena.
  • Knows changes and conflicts in work and family patterns and their impact on various stakeholders.
  • Share research and strategies for work/family policy improvement with community leaders through liaison with Working Family Resource Center.
  • Understands influence of gender, culture, class and age on changing work life patterns, particularly the changing career mystique.
  • Understands social, cultural and business policy issues and dynamics related to work and family and public response to these issues.

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.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Summer 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Work and Family Preston, Marilyn Jean Books for HSFS-341-50 Summer 2024 Course details for HSFS-341-50 Summer 2024