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Course Details

Course Code: CHFD348 Course ID: 3598 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course guides students through an examination of the major theories and research findings related to healthy and effective marriages and families. Family dynamics associated with marital breakdowns and an introduction to family therapy are included.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • Examine the role of strengths and diversity in in intimacy in relationships
  • Explore family systems theory and other theories that underlie the family structure
  • Examine the individual dynamics that comprise intimate relationships
  • Identify the common experiences that families share as they go through the stages of the family life cycle
  • Describe the stressors that can impact families and family relationships.
  • Examine the special challenges faced by families that are created as a result of death, single parent households, divorce, remarriage or step-families.

Submission of Assignments: Although distance learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal and academic responsibilities, you are expected to follow the student course guide carefully and submit assignments on time. If you know you are going to be unavoidably late, you may avoid a penalty to your grade by e-mailing me in advance of your circumstances and provide me with your planned completion date. Or, in the case of an emergency, you may e-mail me as soon as possible after the due date with a planned completion date. I will be happy to work with you but you must keep me informed of your situation. Late submissions could cost you points!

Online Participation and Interaction: Successful completion of APUS courses requires online access and may require usage of PowerPoint, MSWord and Adobe Acrobat Reader programs.

Readings and Written Assignments: Throughout the course, you will have assignments that require reading and synthesis of and response to course content. All written assignments must be in your own words and contain proper source citations for paraphrases and/or direct quotations) and must be submitted as MSWord files, in APA style, error free and in accordance with the APUS writing standards found in the Student Handbook in the e-classroom. Absolutely no copying from published resources is allowed. Rewrite the material in your own words. Please make use of the Classroom’s spellchecker.

Writing Assignments: You will submit four individual, writing or research assignments. Instructions for them are located in the Assignment section of the classroom.

Grading – Your course grade will be based on timely completion of the following assignments. Participation in the course is expected and, therefore, points are not assigned for it; however, points will be deducted for late assignment submissions and/or failure to respond to instructor feedback.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Writing Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1 - Due Week 2 15.00 %
Assignment 2 - Due Week 4 15.00 %
Assignment 3 - Due Week 6 15.00 %
Assignment 4 - Due Week 8 15.00 %
Book Title: Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths, 9th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Author: Olsen, David H. / DeFrain, John / Skogrand, Linda
Publication Info: VS-McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9781260130614

Book Title:Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths, 9th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-McGraw-Hill
Author:Olsen, David H. / DeFrain, John / Skogrand, Linda
Unit Cost:$117.04
Electronic ISBN:9781260130683R1825
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.