Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course focuses on immigrant families across the globe. Family plays a particularly important role for immigrants because it serves as not only a protective shelter that reinforces the heritage of the cultural values and practices of their countries of origin, but also a place where the ideas of their home country often clash with those of the new society. Students will examine policy perspectives, debates over immigration, the current state of migrant and refugee families in different parts of the world. Students will also investigate family dynamics in immigrant families, such as different cultural influences in early childhood education, parenting, adolescent identity, acculturation and integration, courtship, marriage, intimate partner relationships, family violence, grandparents, elder care, health, etc. Students will be guided to develop culturally competent practice. 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Deconstruct the historical, political, cultural factors that impact on the well-being of migrant and refugee families.

2. Recognise the dynamics, challenges and strengths of various immigrant families.

3. Enquire into and acknowledge families' cultural values, beliefs, traditions, and customs.

4. Characterise identity development and acculturation issues in migrant families

5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of working effectively with immigrant and refugee families.


  1. The current state of migrant and refugee families in different parts of the world.
  2. Social, political, economic, historical and cultural contexts in the world that lead to displacement of refugee and to family migration
  3. The dynamics of immigrant families
  4. Cultural values, beliefs, traditions, and customs related to a specific ethnic group and the county of origin, and how they influence daily lives
  5. Mental and behavioral health issues and health care disparity for immigrant families
  6. Ethnic identity development and acculturation stress
  7. Attitude and knowledge reflecting intercultural/global competence
  8. Specific skills needed in working with immigrant children and families.


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

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Activity

Interview: Interview

Project: Project

Written Assignment: Research Paper

Contact hours

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Self-Directed Learning

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