Families Across the Life-Course

Course code HLSC6508Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course will introduce students to the family life course and the events and periods of time (stages) between events traversed by families in their diverse structures across the globe. Students will analyze the micro and macro factors which impact these transitions and compare the needs & issues which these diverse families across the globe face at different times in their life course. It will prepare students to develop and offer family enrichment programs to the family unit as well as different members of the family.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will:
- examine the diversities & structural variations present in contemporary families across the life course worldwide.
- review how individuals and families across the world undergo transitions over the course of their lives.
- analyze the needs & issues facing diverse families across the globe face at different times.
- develop an understanding of skills needed in designing and offering family strengthening programs whilst ensuring each family system obtains its rights with reference to its environment
ContentUnit 1: Family across time; Phases in the family Development theory: Paradigm shift from family development stages to developing a life course perspective and understanding relevant core concepts, Historical and demographic changes across the globe, life course-age related events which occur and roles that emerge as a result of these events.

Unit 2: Structural Variations across the life course across the globe: Married couples with or without children, joint and extended families, single parent families, women headed families, divorced/remarried families reconstituted families, dual earners families, gay/lesbian families, Families with adopted children, Families with chronic neurological and psychiatric problems.

Unit 3: Variation in processes across life course as seen across the world: Marital relationships, sibling relationships parent -child relationship, relationship between elderly parents and adult children, care giving roles.

Unit 4: Family life education across life course: needs and issues of the diverse families across the globe; Methodology for designing and offering family life education programs as a developmental approach for empowering families and its members and enhancing their well-being using the strengths perspective.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Online DiscussionOnline Group presentation
Online Learning ActivitiesOnline Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentLimited to students enrolled in the International Family Studies Specialisation in Masters of Family Studies program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6508