Families and Cultural Diversity
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, and ceremonies. Every community develops a culture based on the geography, and socio-political and economic situations with which it is continuously engaging, interacting and also shaping. Families within specific cultural contexts develop norms of behaviour, 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 the capacity to recognise, accept and work with diversity of culture and family form.
ALL STUDENTS should enrol in the SEMESTER offering of this course, with the exception of students enrolled in the specialisation ‘International Family Studies’. The TRIMESTER offering of this course is available only to students enrolled in the specialisation ‘International Family Studies’. 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.
Please note that GCIFS term dates are earlier than UON: Trimester 1 – Monday 19 January, 2016
|Faculty||Faculty of Health and Medicine|
|School||School of Health Sciences|
Trimester 1 - 2016
Semester 2 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|Assumed Knowledge||Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field. Preferred course sequence: where possible, take this course after completing HLSC6106.|
Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetable||2016 Course Timetables for HLSC6107|