BCD408 - Child and Family Relationships: Theoretical Foundations

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Subject Title
Child and Family Relationships: Theoretical Foundations

Subject Description
This course will give students the opportunity to explore diverse theories of child and family relationships. Students will gain skills in identifying the cultural and historical lens of each theory, along with the inherent assumptions of family trends. A sound knowledge of family research and theory application will provide students some of the tools necessary in understanding families and to recognize their role in positive change where needed in family life.
 

Credit Status
BCD408 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Review a range of complex family issues that may affect the child, family and community.
  2. Analyze the role culture plays in individual and interpersonal relationships within families over the life span.
  3. Examine underlying mechanisms of family history narratives in relation to intergenerational challenges and potential resilience in diverse family configurations.
  4. Explain basic assumptions, concepts, and propositions of family theories within the context of anthropological, psychological, and sociological lenses.
  5. Assess the research evidence supporting various theories of child and family relationships.
 

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
 

  • Using theory to understand social phenomena
  • Paradigm shifts in family theory
  • Oral histories and its impact on intergenerational transmission of beliefs and values
  • Theories pertaining to the family
    • Symbolic Interactionism Theory
    • Family Systems Theory
    • Human Ecological Theory
    • Social Exchange Theory
    • Feminist Family Theory
    • Family Stress Theory
    • Conflict Theory
    • Structural Functionalism Theory
    • Family Developmental Theory
    • Biosocial Theory
  • Social issues related to the family and interpretation of research findings through varied theoretical lenses
  • Examining resiliency in families
 

Mode of Instruction

  • Collaborative discussions
  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Wed-based interactions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Prescribed Texts
Smith, S. R., & Hamon, R. R. (2016). Exploring family theories (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation

Presentation and Report            30%
Annotated Bibliography              25%
Essay                                      45%
 
Creating a Climate of Respect
Building knowledge collaboratively (social constructivism) is the theoretical cornerstone of the BCD program. To be consistent with this philosophy, the program supports the creation of a culture of respect and collegiality among faculty, students, and staff. We rely on all participants to demonstrate respect by keeping appointments, being on time for classes, listening to the diverse perspectives of others, and being clear and sensitive in communication.
 
Confidentiality
Personal information is often shared in classes. Students are required to keep this information confidential. For assignments, classroom discussions, and other learning situations, you must protect the identity of the people and settings you mention and circumstances related by other students and/or staff.
 
Preparing Assignments
It is assumed that all work will be of professional quality. Unless your professor states that work may be submitted by a group, you are expected to prepare your own work for evaluation. All assignments must be word-processed in APA* format. Any student’s work containing numerous spelling, typographical or grammatical errors will result in the loss of marks. Work that is illegible will be returned ungraded and zero (0) marks will be earned.
 
Assignment Policies
It is the student’s responsibility to deliver assignments to faculty members. Most assignments require submission via Blackboard through Safe Assign using a file format specified by your instructor. Students are not permitted to fax copies of assignments and email should only be used for assignments under special circumstances and with prior consent of the professor.
 
In many of the courses in the BCD program, there will be group assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor well in advance if there are difficulties within the group that prevent members from working in a cohesive, respectful, and collaborative manner.
 
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies (assignments, etc.) used for evaluation purposes.
 
Due Dates and Extensions
Due dates for assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
 
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
 
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject. Some professors require that assignment be handed in during the last scheduled class.
 
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive 0 marks.
 
Grading
In the BCD program, there is no option to re-write an assignment when the grade earned is an “F” (below 50%). The final course grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
 
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook, and the BCD Student Handbook. Please note: The information contained in the Academic Policy and Student Handbooks is very important.
 
*APA format refers to the American Psychological Association. They have established a style that is used in all the books and journals that the Association publishes. Many others working in the social and behavioural sciences have adopted this style as their standard as well. When writing in APA format, you need to consider the rules and guidelines for:

  • Font type and size
  • Margins and line spacing
  • Punctuation and abbreviations
  • Construction of tables
  • Selection of headings
  • Citation of references
  • Presentation of statistics
  • As well as many other elements that are a part of every manuscript
 

Approved by: Sandra Noble