Family Diversity

Course code HLSC6107
Available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


This course will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the diversity of family forms in their geographical, social and cultural contexts. Families all over the world have diverse forms and culture plays an important role in enabling a nurturing environment for its members. Students will be introduced to conceptual framings of the complexity and diversity of family forms and situations whereby cultures can both reinforce power to some thereby privileging them and oppressing others, as well as be creative expressions providing comfort, security and identity. The course will explore global trends and the variety of impacts of globalisation on families. Students will develop the capacity to recognise, accept and work with diversity of cultures and family forms.

This course is offered through the Global Consortium of International Family Studies so the student cohort will include students from UON, University of Nebraska Lincoln and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai India. Enrolment in this course is restricted to students in the Master of Family Studies (12277).


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  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Trimester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Examine concepts and meanings of culture and diversity related to family forms from a strengths perspective

2. Analyse the intersection of class, race, caste, ethnicity, region, religion, sexuality, and gender upon family forms and functioning

3. Identify the impacts of migration and globalisation upon family relationships and family functioning in country, regional and global contexts

4. Evaluate the strengths and challenges of different families in their social, cultural and global contexts

5. Apply professional and cultural competencies and sensitivities to working with diversity in families


  • Critical and strengths-based conceptualisations of culture, race, caste, ethnicity, transculture, sexuality, gender and family diversity
  • Family forms and functioning in different geographical, social and cultural contexts in a global framework
  • The impacts of migration and globalisation on families in different parts of the world and the implications for family research, policy and practice.
  • Professional competencies for working with diversity in families.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Family Studies (12277) program.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field. Preferred course sequence: where possible, take this course after completing HLSC6106.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Presentation: Presentation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term