Students examine multiple family structures in Canadian society providing the groundwork for
beginning practice with families in human service work. Personal values and perceptions related
to traditional and non-traditional family types are explored. Topics include the current and
historical social, political, cultural, and economic influences on today’s families, family of
origin and intergenerational trauma issues, family systems theory, and family communication
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify traditional and non-traditional understanding of family.
- Reflect on how family life influences development of self and impacts human service practice.
- Describe the characteristics of functional or nurturing families as well as the
characteristics of dysfunctional or troubled families.
- Explain the diversity of the Canadian family and the pressures this institution endures.
- Examine the social issues that currently affect and define marriage and family relationships
- Summarize concepts of various family theories.
HUMS 1561 includes the following 12 modules, which are further divided into topics as
- Module 1: Thinking about Family
- Module 2: The Family—Definitions and Theories
- Module 3: The Family—History, Culture, and Canadian Families
- Module 4: Couple Relationships
- Module 5: Children in Families and Parenting Roles
- Module 6: Middle Years and Family Stories
- Module 7: Dimensions and Issues of Aging
- Module 8: Changes in the Family—The Divorce Experience and Remarriage
- Module 9: Changes in the Family—The Lone-Parent Family and the Impact of Work on Family Life
- Module 10: Social Problems in the Family—The Beleaguered Family
- Module 11: Social Problems in the Family—Family Violence
- Module 12: Social Problems in the Family—Poverty Impacts and Future of Canadian Families
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Ward, M., & Bélanger, M. (2018). The family dynamic: Canadian perspectives. (7th
ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education Ltd.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-17-670000-3
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher in the
overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project. The following table illustrates
how your final grade will be determined for this course:
|Assignment 1: My Family Story
|Assignment 2: My Family Story and Human Service Practice
|Final Project: Working with Changes in the Family (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.