Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

This course is only available to students enrolled in the M Family Studies specialisation 'International Family Studies' (IFS). It is delivered by the Global Consortium of International Family Studies (GCIFS), and IFS students will be enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Blackboard course site.

Note GCIFS term dates are earlier than UON start dates: Trimester 1 - Tuesday January 19, 2016


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. examine the diversities & structural variations present in contemporary families across the life course worldwide.

2. review how individuals and families across the world undergo transitions over the course of their lives

3. analyze the needs & issues facing diverse families across the globe face at different times.

4. 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


  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.


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.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Proposal / Plan: Proposal / Plan