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Family Life Education Concentration

Division of Professional Studies

For students in any major wishing to work in a community setting as a family life educator. Consists of 15-16 credit hours distributed as follows:

Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Overview of the psychological social and biological aspects of sexuality that will be of use for communicating with romantic partners doctors and children. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology sexually transmitted diseases methods of contraception prenatal sexual differentiation sex research attraction and love sexual orientation and sexual dysfunction and sexual ethics. Prerequisite PSY 101 or SOC 101 and junior or senior standing.

Unit(s): 3

Critical examination of principles of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education in conjunction with the ability to plan implement and evaluate such educational programs. An understanding of the character and quality of human social conduct and the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they relate to professional practice and community concerns and values.

Unit(s): 3

Human Development and Family Science

Choose one course from the following:

Examine issues related to physical cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child from conception through early adolescence. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of child development concepts. Provisions are made for observing and working with preschool children. Prerequisite junior standing

Unit(s): 4

Students will examine family and interpersonal relationships from a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to gain understanding of the changes in society relative to marriage and family. Students will engage in critical examination of issues related to families work and their interrelationships. Emphasis placed upon the reciprocal impacts of relationships within the family and a persons relationships to individuals and other institutions such as educational governmental religious and occupational institutions in society.

Unit(s): 3

Examines issues related to management process and its significance on the quality of life experienced by families with consideration of values goals standards decision making and allocation of resources. Topics include development and allocation of resources social environment influences life cycle and family structure influences and consumer issues and decisions. Prerequisite Junior or senior standing

Unit(s): 3

Students will develop an understanding of the legal issues policies and law influencing the well-being of families. Topics include family and the law relating to marriage divorce family support child custody child protection and rights family planning social services education the economy religion and public policy as it affects the family including tax civil rights social security economic support laws and regulations.

Unit(s): 3

Interpersonal Relationships

Choose one course from the following:

Examines issues related to communication within personal and professional relationships. Students will develop theoretical and practical understandings of verbal and nonverbal communication the role of technology in interpersonal communication and how interpersonal communication functions to develop negotiate maintain and terminate relationships.

Unit(s): 3

Examines issues and research related to communication in romantic relationships including serial arguments conflict management technology mediated communication power dynamics and post-dissolutional communication. Particular emphasis will be placed on examining the utility of popular press relationship advice by comparing and contrasting with empirical research. Alternate years offered 2015-2016 2016 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 25

Unit(s): 3

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