Metropolitan State University

HSFS 143 : The Family: A Social/Psychological Exploration

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
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.
B. Course Effective Dates: 05/09/2005 - 08/17/2018
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Apply knowledge about family functioning to analysis of their immediate family.
  2. Articulate and evaluate basic tasks and strategies associated with the primary family functions.
  3. Construct trans-generational family genograms illustrating unique patterns in their families' lives.
  4. Critically discuss the dynamics of the various developmental stages in the family life styles for different types of families.
  5. Record and write stories around specific themes about their family of origin.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  3. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
G. Special Information