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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: CHFD446 Course ID: 3700 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is the study of the multidimensional aspects of family law and policy, including child support enforcement, homosexual marriage, and surrogate parenting. Students will analyze case excerpts from court opinions on family policies and laws that apply at the federal, state, and local level.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate terminology, theoretical perspectives, and approaches to an array of American family policies.
  2. Compare and contrast historical and current American family policies.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use family policy digital resources effectively.
  4. Examine family laws and policies that explicitly and/or implicitly impact families in our society.
  5. Compare U.S. family laws and policies to other countries to better understand U.S. family values and the state of American families
  6. Apply knowledge gained from this course to influence a government official regarding a controversial family policy.

This course requires students to participate in 6 Forums, and complete 3 Assignments.

Please see the links to the readings in the Readings and Resources section of the Lesson.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.