Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the challenges in defining family and how societal influences have resulted in changing family roles.
2. Become acquainted with the diversity of family forms and patterns of family life.
3. Recognize contemporary family issues in their historical and cultural context.
4. Recognize the effects of gender, diversity, ethnicity and social class on close relationships and in the families.
5. Explain the complexities of defining the word love and issues of sexuality throughout courtship and married life.
6. Explain the effects of interreligious, interracial, cross-cultural and age-discrepant marriages in terms of prevalence, motivations, problems, and propensity to divorce.
7. Recognize the changing picture of marital status as it applies to alternative marriage options and explain ways to keep marriages and families strong over the course of a lifetime.
8. Identify and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the various non-marital living arrangements.
9. Explain the process of mate selection at it applies to marital quality, stability and satisfaction in relationships and families.
10. Explain the various options available for becoming a parent and recognize the effects of parenting styles, social class, and ethnic diversity has on child-parent relationships.
11. Identify the various way parents can negotiate work and family responsibilities
12. Understand the role of communication and conflict in healthy marriages and families.
13. Apply skills to communicate more effectively and manage conflict in relationships.
14. Identify the extent, causes, and consequences of abuse & domestic violence in dating, cohabitation, and marital relationships.
15. Identify and explain family crisis, stress and resilience with regard to the various challenges and stresses on relationships and families.
16. Explain the emotional, economic, and personal consequences of divorce on children and their parents.
17. Recognize the developmental tasks and challenges associated with single parent, blended and stepfamilies.
18. Explain the widow and widowerhood, grandparenting, caregiving, and elder abuse and neglect with respect to aging families.