160-6 - SFL 160: Introduction to Family Processes Section...

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SFL 160: Introduction to Family Processes Section 004 Syllabus and Course Outline Winter 2011 Class: M/W 4:00pm – 5:15pm 247 MARB Instructor: Brian Willoughby, Ph.D. Office: 2081 JFSB Visiting Assistant Professor Email: brian.willoughby@byu.edu School of Family Life Phone: 801-422-3915 Brigham Young University Office Hours: M/W 2-3pm or by appointment TAs: Eliza Cook Office Hours : 1-2 Tuesday (Students with last names A-J) Email : elizalathropcook@gmail.com Heather Luczak Office Hours: 12-1 Thursday (Students with last names K-Z) Email : luczak.heather@gmail.com TA Office: 1053 JFSB Required Reading: Introduction to Family Processes, 5 th Edition; Randal D. Day Available in the BYU bookstore Various other readings to be placed on Blackboard Course Overview This course is designed to give you a basic overview and introduction to the world of family systems and family processes. Pulling elements from the fields of psychology, human development and sociology, family science has emerged as an important voice in the study of how individuals, couples and families interact and develop across time. In this course, you will be introduced to the basic theories that guide family science, the research methods that are utilized in family science and the terms and concepts that are used to describe families and the individuals that compose them. Understanding these aspects of families will allow you to come to a greater appreciation for what makes families operate and, ultimately, how to build and sustain healthy family relationships. In addition to giving you this introduction to family sciences, this class is designed to help give you insight into yourself, the family you grew up in, and the family you will form in the future. 1
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President Henry B. Eyring has said, “The family unit is fundamental not only to society and to the Church but also to our hope for eternal life.” As you study and understand the concepts from this course, you will better understand how to strengthen this unit which is so important to both our temporal and eternal identities. Although our textbook and lectures will be firmly rooted in secular research and findings regarding the family, it is my hope that class discussions and instruction will strengthen your testimony regarding eternal families. Course Objectives The course has the following learning objectives: 1. Students will be introduced to the main theoretical frameworks used in the family sciences An early unit in the course will cover and introduce you to the major theories that help us understand family systems. After focusing on these theories for several lectures, we will then reference these theories throughout the semester as we learn about various components of families and how they interact. You will also be asked in one of your major papers for the class to analyze your own family through the theoretical lens of one of the major theories in family science. This will help you gain a better appreciation for
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