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DEFM332 - Transition and the Military Family

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM332 Course ID: 3447 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of managing transitions, with a focus on those issues incumbent on the military family. Course topics include change and choice, psychology of the self, interpersonal relations, health, dysfunction, grief, and building a life-career. Particular attention is focused on these topics' application to the military family lifestyle, to include deployment separation, reunion, marriage and family, parenting, military casualty, and life-career. The following questions appear as themes throughout the course: what is transition; what transitions do military families experience; what are the affects on the body, mind, spirit, and interpersonal relationships; what is resilience; and how does one create a plan to strengthen resilience?

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

LO-1 Understand the nature of the transition from the military as a process.

LO-2 Discuss the military family lifestyle to include deployment, separation, reunion, marriage and family, parenting, and military casualty.

LO-3 Describe the evolution of the adult life cycle process, with focus on military organizations.

LO-4 Describe resilience and how it applies to the military member, specifically during transitions.

LO-5 Understand how families cope with change

LO-6 Discuss grief and the cycles used to describe grief

LO-7 Explore the process of parental stress and how it affects the family system

LO-8 Understand how economic stressors affect family systems

LO-9 Comprehend how families are effected from everyday stressors and external traumas

NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.25 %
Week 2 Forum 6.25 %
Week 3 Forum 6.25 %
Week 4 Forum 6.25 %
Week 5 Forum 6.25 %
Week 6 Forum 6.25 %
Week 7 Forum 6.25 %
Week 8 Forum 6.25 %
Title Page & Abstract 5.00 %
Week 5 - Abstract and Title Page 5.00 %
Outline 15.00 %
Week 4 - Detailed Paper Outline 15.00 %
Final Paper 30.00 %
Week 7 - Full Research Paper 30.00 %

Links to the resources listed above and additional resources that are required readings can be found in the Lessons section of the classroom.

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:Strengthening Family Resilience, 3rd Ed - Ebook available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Publication Info:Guilford Press
Author:Walsh, Froma
Unit Cost:$33.46
Book Title:Handbook of Stress, Trauma, and the Family - E-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group
Unit Cost:$65.52

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.