PSYC 313

Family Systems

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

In this course, students learn how family life affects individuals by examining the current theories and research on family systems. Learning strategies include role-playing demonstrations. Evaluation is based in part on individually-designed projects on the family of origin. Recommended: An introductory sociology or psychology course.

Special information

Recommended: An introductory sociology or psychology course.

Learning outcomes


  • Students will be required to analyze and interpret a systems-based approach to human wellness.
  • Students will be required to apply the knowledge of theories to specific situations.
  • Students will learn the historical perspective of how families impact the individual.
  • Students will learn theories of how family life affects individuals.

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.