Family Strengths and Challenges around the World

Course code HLSC6509Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

A body of international research literature growing over more than 30 years indicates that what makes families strong and resilient from culture to culture, when compared to each other, are remarkably similar and give us common ground around the world upon which to unite and develop mutual understanding. This course provides a conceptual framework for studying global family strengths: discussing the diverse strengths, the challenges that families are likely to face regardless of location, and how families use their strengths to deal with the difficulties they are confronted with in life. The focus will be on the identified family strengths and challenges in 18 countries in all seven major geo-cultural areas of the world (Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, and Europe.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will:
- Understand geo-cultural family strengths research methodology.
- Understand family strengths, community strengths, and cultural strengths from a global perspective.
- Compare and contrast the internal family dynamics or strengths of families in different cultures.
- Investigate the different and unique ways family strengths are demonstrated in a range of geocultural environments.
ContentThrough the course, students will discuss and investigate a survey of family strengths, community strengths, and cultural strengths of 18 countries in seven geo-cultural areas:
- Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, and Somali families
- The Middle East: Israel, Oman
- Asia: China, India, Republic of Korea
- Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
- Latin America: Mexico, Brazil
- North America: Canada, United States of America
- Europe: Russia, Greece, Romania
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 Learning ActivitiesOnline Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution
Presentations - IndividualOnline Individual or Group presentation
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 of Master of Family Studies program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6509