ANT5310 Kinship, Family & Intimate Relations

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Dira

Course Description:

Examination of diverse forms of family structures and functions, kinship systems, and other intimate relationships across cultures from an anthropological perspective. Students will evaluate selected ethnographic case studies from different cultures on mate selection, marriage practices, kinship systems, parenting practices, and changes pertaining to contemporary families.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The family is the basic social unit and is a key to understand the broader sociocultural system of human societies. The course will enhance missional leaders and missional-minded believers cross-cultural literacy to the family, kinship, and other intimate relationships. Challenges and changes facing contemporary families are among the top social problems. Students will develop insights into the changes and challenges of families, be prepared to integrate families in their missional work, and will take an active part in family rehabilitation endeavors.

Why This Course Is Important:

The family is a divine institution, and its formation, structure and natures vary across time and space. This course integrates cross-cultural and social scientific perspectives with biblical principles to examine the structure and nature of contemporary families and intimate relationships. This is a unique course that provides missional leaders and other learners with holistic knowledge of the situations of contemporary families.