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HSFS 343 The Family: A Social/Psychological Exploration

This course introduces students to the major social and psychological theories employed in studying family processes and in studying how families function in society today. In addition, the course engages students in an examination of their own families. Key features of this course are that students do a modified social history and case study of their own families. Students demonstrate competence by applying the content of the course in their analysis of their own family's social/psychological analysis.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 18, 2018 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Apply knowledge about family functioning to analysis of their immediate family.
  • Articulate and evaluate basic tasks and strategies associated with the primary family functions.
  • Construct trans-generational family genograms illustrating unique patterns in their families' lives.
  • Critically discuss the dynamics of the various developmental stages in the family life styles for different types of families.
  • Record and write stories around specific themes about their family of origin.

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 The Family: A Social/Psychological Exploration Preston, Marilyn Jean Books for HSFS-343-50 Spring 2024 Course details for HSFS-343-50 Spring 2024