YFM3100 Family Systems & Culture

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Olivia Owusu-Boakyewaah

Course Description:

An integrated understanding of individuals, couples, and families within the cultural context. It will offer a study of the family as a system and the difficulties that families experience as they move through life and encounter people from different cultural backgrounds. The course will tackle misconceptions about different culture.

How This Course Benefits Students:

We live in a world of diversity and our country (United States of America) is one of the most diverse nations. Diversity poses unique challenges to professionals as they must contend with different languages, cultural beliefs, and biases inherent in culture. Each individuals cultural context is unique, but sometimes conflicting ideologies and the clash between traditionalism and modern society can isolate people from interacting with others respectfully. This course is designed to provide the students with the tools necessary to understand cultural competence. The student will not only spend significant time learning about other cultures, but also learning about his or her own culture and how misunderstandings impact their own beliefs and ideologies. By the end of the course, students will be prepared to handle culturally sensitive scenarios that can deeply impact their profession.

Why This Course Is Important:

Family Systems & Culture is a hot topic because family is a dynamic aspect of human life. In addition, culture influences our way of life. Family systems and culture intertwine. Therefore, it is important for students to understand family and culture as it related to our interaction in this world. God has granted us the opportunity to respect all mankind and this course intends to communicate this into students.