FAM 180: Family Dynamics is designed to provide students with a variety of theoretical perspectives to
understanding families. It considers the diversity of families through the lenses of the life course perspective and
political policies. Family formation, parenting, separation and divorce and aging are all examined. Family issues
are also considered, including marriage and death rituals, work and poverty, same sex relationships, disabilities
and immigrants. Policies that affect families are explored through an examination of violence in the family and
political trends. The course is intended to be a foundation for further study of families.
*The fall semester of FAM 180 is in the classroom, the winter semester offering is via distance learning.
Prerequisites: Must be done concurrently with or after completing English 110.
Corequisites: Must be done concurrently with or after completing English 110.