Family Strengths and Challenges around the World

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Students 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.


Through 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
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
  • Presentations - Individual - Online Individual or Group presentation
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Program Component: Limited to students enrolled in the International Family Studies Specialisation of Master of Family Studies program.
Course Materials
  • Strong Families Around the World
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6509

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