COU FX670 - The Contemporary Family

(Credits: 3)

This course explores how families have changed in the last 30 years and speculates about future trends. It covers a mosaic of unique, insightful, and provocative thoughts on families. Students will examine families and relationships in which people live, including alternative lifestyles, gay and lesbian relationships, economically distressed families, immigrant families, religion and families, racial and ethnic diversity, a feminist vision for families, older families, family violence, as well as the effect of computers and other technology on family relationships. Postmodern ideas in working with children, outreach family therapy, and factors affecting the therapist's role will be discussed.