Families and Cultural Diversity

10 Units

This course will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the diversity of family forms in their cultural contexts. Families all over the world have diverse forms and culture plays an important role in enabling a nurturing environment for its members. Culture is often interpreted, understood and fostered through practice of oral traditions, norms, rituals, rites, ceremonies. Every community develops a culture based on the geography, socio-political and economic situations with which it is continuously engaging, interacting and also shaping. Families within specific cultural contexts develop norms of behavior, dress, language and script, which often change with interaction with others from different cultures. Students will be introduced to theoretical framings of the complexity of family cultural situations whereby cultures can both reinforce power to some thereby privileging them and oppressing others, as well as be creative expressions of freedom, joy, tolerance and togetherness, providing comfort, security and identity. The course will explore global trends and the impact of globalisation on families. Students will develop capacity to recognise, accept and work with diversity of culture and family form.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

At the successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and meanings of culture.

  • Demonstrate a capacity to recognise, accept and work with diversity of culture and family form.

  • Demonstrate capacity to analyse the strengths and challenges of different family forms in their cultural and global contexts.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the intersection of class, race, caste, ethnicity, region, religion, sexuality and gender.

  • Demonstrate capacity to make international comparisons of different family patterns and their implications for policy, research and inclusive practice.

  • Demonstrate capacity to facilitate cross-cultural networks.

  • Concepts of culture, race, caste, ethnicity, transculture and diversity e.g. role of kinship and networks
  • Understanding differing contexts (socio-cultural, economic and political) of families.

  • Locating convergence and diversity between diverse cultures and family forms- local to international

  • Understanding of power, disempowerment and empowerment within select families through critical analysis of age, sexuality and gender.

  • Multi-cultural families and their unique experiences.

  • Globalisation, its impact on families in different parts of the world and the implications for family research policy and practice

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Online Learning Activities - Online Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6107

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