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Child and Family Studies

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  • Parent Educator
  • Child and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Program Manager
  • Early Years Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Coach
The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program is located in the Health Sciences Building.
(902) 628-4353

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

The Child and Family Studies program at UPEI is an exceptional opportunity for early childhood education graduates. I decided to pursue this program due to my innate desire to work with people of all ages. The program enables me to broaden my scope of knowledge while incorporating a variety of community field placements. The breadth of courses we can take is extensive, ranging from courses exploring issues related to Women and Aging, Human Sexuality, or Child's Health and Development, to Family Law and Social Policy.

The combination of course work and field placement opportunities broaden my horizons for my future career. There are a wide variety of career opportunities available to Child and Family Studies graduates. I am excited to complete my degree and pursue a career in service to children, youth and families.

Bethany Robichaud
Child and Family Studies Student
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First Name:
Last Name:
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Careers:
  • Parent Educator
  • Child and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Program Manager
  • Early Years Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Coach
The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program is located in the Health Sciences Building.
(902) 628-4353

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies is a two-year post- diploma degree available to graduates of diploma programs in Early Childhood Education at Holland College or similar post-secondary institutions.

Successful completion of a grade 12 math course (or an equivalent course) is strongly recommended. Students in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies must complete a total of 60 semester hours at UPEI.

Want more information about Child and Family Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
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Careers:
  • Parent Educator
  • Child and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Program Manager
  • Early Years Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Coach
The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program is located in the Health Sciences Building.
(902) 628-4353

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES DEGREE:

Family Science 221 Family Resource Management
Family Science 241 Human Development
Family Science 242 Dynamics of Family Living
Family Science 261 Communications
Family Science 331 Introduction to Research Methods
Family Science 381 Professional Practice with Children and Families
Family Science 382 Program Planning and Evaluation
Family Science 411 Field Placement I
Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
One Family Science elective at the 200, 300 or 400 level
Math 101 or 111 Elements of Mathematics or Finite Mathematics
Statistics 221 (formerly Math 221) Introductory Statistics I
One of UPEI 101, 102 or 103
One writing intensive course
Six free electives

NOTES:
1. Suggested electives for those planning to apply to the Bachelor of Education Program at UPEI are found under the Admissions for Bachelor of Education

COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year
Family Science 221 Family Resource Management
Family Science 241 Human Development
Family Science 242 Dynamics of Family Living
Family Science 261 Communications
Family Science 381 Professional Practice with Children and Families
Family Science 382 Program Planning and Evaluation
Math 101 or 111 Elements of Mathematics or Finite Mathematics
Statistics 221 (formerly Math 221) Introductory Statistics I
One of UPEI 101, 102 or 103 and a writing intensive course
One free elective

Second Year
Family Science 331 Introduction to Research Methods
Family Science 411 Field Placement I
Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
One Family Science Elective at the 300 or 400 level
Six free electives

 

Want more information about Child and Family Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail:
Careers:
  • Parent Educator
  • Child and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Program Manager
  • Early Years Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Coach
The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program is located in the Health Sciences Building.
(902) 628-4353

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION— NATIONAL COUNCIL ON FAMILY RELATIONS

The Department of Applied Human Sciences is approved by the National Council on Family Relations to offer the course work in order for graduates from the Family Science and Child and Family Studies programs to apply for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). CFLEs work in a variety of health and social service positions. In particular, CLFEs are prepared to work with individuals and families in the areas of prevention and education. Students interested in becoming a CFLE need to ensure that they have completed all of the required course work for their major in addition to completing the following Family Science electives:

  • Family Science 383 Issues in Family Law and Social Policy
  • Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
  • Family Science 491 Human Sexuality
Want more information about Child and Family Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail:
Careers:
  • Parent Educator
  • Child and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Program Manager
  • Early Years Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Coach
The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies program is located in the Health Sciences Building.
(902) 628-4353
  • Doris M. Anderson, Professor Emeritus 
  • Kathy Gottschall-Pass, Chair and Professor
  • Jennifer Taylor, Professor
  • Debbie MacLellan, Professor 
  • William Montelpare, Professor
  • Lori Weeks, Associate Professor (on leave, August 2017)
  • Nicky Hyndman, Assistant Professor
  • Dany MacDonald, Assistant Professor
  • Rebecca Reed-Jones, Assistant Professor
  • Misty Rossiter, Assistant Professor
  • Travis Saunders, Assistant Professor
  • Colleen Walton, Assistant Professor
  • Sharon Compton, Adjunct Professor
  • Carolanne Nelson, Adjunct Professor
  • Charlene VanLeeuwen, Sessional Lecturer
Our Program

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

The Child and Family Studies program at UPEI is an exceptional opportunity for early childhood education graduates. I decided to pursue this program due to my innate desire to work with people of all ages. The program enables me to broaden my scope of knowledge while incorporating a variety of community field placements. The breadth of courses we can take is extensive, ranging from courses exploring issues related to Women and Aging, Human Sexuality, or Child's Health and Development, to Family Law and Social Policy.

The combination of course work and field placement opportunities broaden my horizons for my future career. There are a wide variety of career opportunities available to Child and Family Studies graduates. I am excited to complete my degree and pursue a career in service to children, youth and families.

Child and Family Studies Student
Bethany Robichaud
Overview

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies is a two-year post- diploma degree available to graduates of diploma programs in Early Childhood Education at Holland College or similar post-secondary institutions.

Successful completion of a grade 12 math course (or an equivalent course) is strongly recommended. Students in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies must complete a total of 60 semester hours at UPEI.

Course Structure

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES DEGREE:

Family Science 221 Family Resource Management
Family Science 241 Human Development
Family Science 242 Dynamics of Family Living
Family Science 261 Communications
Family Science 331 Introduction to Research Methods
Family Science 381 Professional Practice with Children and Families
Family Science 382 Program Planning and Evaluation
Family Science 411 Field Placement I
Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
One Family Science elective at the 200, 300 or 400 level
Math 101 or 111 Elements of Mathematics or Finite Mathematics
Statistics 221 (formerly Math 221) Introductory Statistics I
One of UPEI 101, 102 or 103
One writing intensive course
Six free electives

NOTES:
1. Suggested electives for those planning to apply to the Bachelor of Education Program at UPEI are found under the Admissions for Bachelor of Education

COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year
Family Science 221 Family Resource Management
Family Science 241 Human Development
Family Science 242 Dynamics of Family Living
Family Science 261 Communications
Family Science 381 Professional Practice with Children and Families
Family Science 382 Program Planning and Evaluation
Math 101 or 111 Elements of Mathematics or Finite Mathematics
Statistics 221 (formerly Math 221) Introductory Statistics I
One of UPEI 101, 102 or 103 and a writing intensive course
One free elective

Second Year
Family Science 331 Introduction to Research Methods
Family Science 411 Field Placement I
Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
One Family Science Elective at the 300 or 400 level
Six free electives

 

Certification

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION— NATIONAL COUNCIL ON FAMILY RELATIONS

The Department of Applied Human Sciences is approved by the National Council on Family Relations to offer the course work in order for graduates from the Family Science and Child and Family Studies programs to apply for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). CFLEs work in a variety of health and social service positions. In particular, CLFEs are prepared to work with individuals and families in the areas of prevention and education. Students interested in becoming a CFLE need to ensure that they have completed all of the required course work for their major in addition to completing the following Family Science electives:

  • Family Science 383 Issues in Family Law and Social Policy
  • Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
  • Family Science 491 Human Sexuality
Faculty
  • Doris M. Anderson, Professor Emeritus 
  • Kathy Gottschall-Pass, Chair and Professor
  • Jennifer Taylor, Professor
  • Debbie MacLellan, Professor 
  • William Montelpare, Professor
  • Lori Weeks, Associate Professor (on leave, August 2017)
  • Nicky Hyndman, Assistant Professor
  • Dany MacDonald, Assistant Professor
  • Rebecca Reed-Jones, Assistant Professor
  • Misty Rossiter, Assistant Professor
  • Travis Saunders, Assistant Professor
  • Colleen Walton, Assistant Professor
  • Sharon Compton, Adjunct Professor
  • Carolanne Nelson, Adjunct Professor
  • Charlene VanLeeuwen, Sessional Lecturer

Our Program

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

The Child and Family Studies program at UPEI is an exceptional opportunity for early childhood education graduates. I decided to pursue this program due to my innate desire to work with people of all ages. The program enables me to broaden my scope of knowledge while incorporating a variety of community field placements. The breadth of courses we can take is extensive, ranging from courses exploring issues related to Women and Aging, Human Sexuality, or Child's Health and Development, to Family Law and Social Policy.

The combination of course work and field placement opportunities broaden my horizons for my future career. There are a wide variety of career opportunities available to Child and Family Studies graduates. I am excited to complete my degree and pursue a career in service to children, youth and families.

Bethany Robichaud
Child and Family Studies Student

Overview

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies is a two-year post- diploma degree available to graduates of diploma programs in Early Childhood Education at Holland College or similar post-secondary institutions.

Successful completion of a grade 12 math course (or an equivalent course) is strongly recommended. Students in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies must complete a total of 60 semester hours at UPEI.

Course Structure

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES DEGREE:

Family Science 221 Family Resource Management
Family Science 241 Human Development
Family Science 242 Dynamics of Family Living
Family Science 261 Communications
Family Science 331 Introduction to Research Methods
Family Science 381 Professional Practice with Children and Families
Family Science 382 Program Planning and Evaluation
Family Science 411 Field Placement I
Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
One Family Science elective at the 200, 300 or 400 level
Math 101 or 111 Elements of Mathematics or Finite Mathematics
Statistics 221 (formerly Math 221) Introductory Statistics I
One of UPEI 101, 102 or 103
One writing intensive course
Six free electives

NOTES:
1. Suggested electives for those planning to apply to the Bachelor of Education Program at UPEI are found under the Admissions for Bachelor of Education

COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year
Family Science 221 Family Resource Management
Family Science 241 Human Development
Family Science 242 Dynamics of Family Living
Family Science 261 Communications
Family Science 381 Professional Practice with Children and Families
Family Science 382 Program Planning and Evaluation
Math 101 or 111 Elements of Mathematics or Finite Mathematics
Statistics 221 (formerly Math 221) Introductory Statistics I
One of UPEI 101, 102 or 103 and a writing intensive course
One free elective

Second Year
Family Science 331 Introduction to Research Methods
Family Science 411 Field Placement I
Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
One Family Science Elective at the 300 or 400 level
Six free electives

 

Certification

Please note: The application process for this program has been suspended.

PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION— NATIONAL COUNCIL ON FAMILY RELATIONS

The Department of Applied Human Sciences is approved by the National Council on Family Relations to offer the course work in order for graduates from the Family Science and Child and Family Studies programs to apply for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). CFLEs work in a variety of health and social service positions. In particular, CLFEs are prepared to work with individuals and families in the areas of prevention and education. Students interested in becoming a CFLE need to ensure that they have completed all of the required course work for their major in addition to completing the following Family Science electives:

  • Family Science 383 Issues in Family Law and Social Policy
  • Family Science 471 Parent-Child Interaction
  • Family Science 491 Human Sexuality

Faculty

  • Doris M. Anderson, Professor Emeritus 
  • Kathy Gottschall-Pass, Chair and Professor
  • Jennifer Taylor, Professor
  • Debbie MacLellan, Professor 
  • William Montelpare, Professor
  • Lori Weeks, Associate Professor (on leave, August 2017)
  • Nicky Hyndman, Assistant Professor
  • Dany MacDonald, Assistant Professor
  • Rebecca Reed-Jones, Assistant Professor
  • Misty Rossiter, Assistant Professor
  • Travis Saunders, Assistant Professor
  • Colleen Walton, Assistant Professor
  • Sharon Compton, Adjunct Professor
  • Carolanne Nelson, Adjunct Professor
  • Charlene VanLeeuwen, Sessional Lecturer
Want more information about Child and Family Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail:
Careers: 
Parent Educator
Child and Family Services Officer
Youth Program Manager
Early Years Centre Director
Early Childhood Educator
Early Childhood Coach
Course Level: 
100 Level
Courses: 

114 FAMILIES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY 
This course is an introduction to the study of families and contemporary issues facing today's families. Topics include changing family structures, current trends in Canadian families, the interaction of families with other systems, and theories used to study families. The course also includes an introduction to family life education including the philosophy, nature and purpose of family education.
Three lecture hours
Note: BCFS students are not able to credit FS 114 as an elective.

Course Level: 
200 Level
Courses: 

221 FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
This course is a study of the management process and how it relates to decision making and resource use by individuals and families. Topics include management history and theories; values and goals; resources; planning and decision making. The management of stress and fatigue, time, finances and environ- mental resources are also discussed. Students gain experience in the application of theory to a variety of individual and family managerial situations.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114 or a student in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies
Three lecture hours

241 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
This course explores human development from conception to old age, including physical, cognitive, and psychological aspects. Topics include attachment across the lifespan; various theories used to study human development; gender; the aging process; and societal factors affecting human development. The reciprocal relationship between human development and their environments is emphasized.
Cross-listed with Kinesiology (cf. Kinesiology 241)
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114, a student in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies or Kinesiology 101 and admission to BSc Kinesiology program
Three lecture hours
NOTE: Credit will not be allowed for Family Science/Kinesiology 241 if a student has already received credit for Psychology 201

242 DYNAMICS OF FAMILY LIVING
This course examines the multiple realities of living in families. Using current theory and research in family science, it focuses on family diversity extending across history, gender, nationality, culture, and age. The course covers crucial issues such as family stress, later-life families, family violence, the work-family interface, parenting, and other areas of family living. The effects of legislation, and social economics and technical change on families are discussed.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114 or registration in the Child and Family Studies Program
Three lecture hours

243 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
(See Psychology 242).

244 PHILOSOPHIES OF LOVE AND SEXUALITY
(See Philosophy 242).
 
261 COMMUNICATIONS
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of communication. The course balances communication theory and research with skills acquisition and practice to help students communicate more effectively in a variety of professional settings. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop skills in interpersonal and group communication, public speaking, and interviewing.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition (cf. Foods and Nutrition 261)
PREREQUISITE: At least second year standing in Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Radiography or a student enroled in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies Program or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours

Course Level: 
300 Level
Courses: 
305 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND ADJUSTMENT
(See Psychology 305).  
 
308 CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(See Psychology 308).
 
310 ADULT DEVELOPMENT
(See Psychology 309).
 
309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Family Science at the 300 level.
 
331 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS
This course is an introduction to research intended to enable students to read critically and evaluate current research. Students are introduced to various types of research designs, research terminology, and the components of the research process.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology (cf. Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology 331)
PREREQUISITE: Math 221. Preference for admission will be given to students registered in the Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Child and Family Studies, Kinesiology or Radiography programs
Three lecture hours
 
344 INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
(See Psychology 342).
 
354 KINSHIP AND FAMILY
(See Anthropology 352).
 
353 PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS
This course is an examination of the diverse array of programs and services designed for older adults, and caregivers of older adults, from a legislative, consumer, and provider perspective. Students will gain insight into these programs and services including their place in the array of services for older adults and the implications of such programs and services for older adults, caregivers, and society.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114
Three lecture hours
 
361 CURRENT ISSUES IN CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
This course is an advanced study of current issues and research in children’s health and development in a family context. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of healthy behaviours and development of children by exploring the linkages between research, policy, and practice.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 241 or permission of the instructor
 
362 FAMILY VIOLENCE
This course will examine the history and various definitions and theories used in investigating the problem of family violence across the life span (i.e. children in abusive families, dating violence, intimate partner violence, the abuse of older adults). Emphasis will be placed on violence against women and violence in diverse family forms. A particular emphasis will be placed on examining strategies for the prevention of family violence over the life course.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor.
Three lecture hours
 
381 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
This course is designed to inform students of the range of professional practice issues confronted by helping professionals working with children, youth, adults and their families. The complexities of working with diverse populations with regard to professional ethics, standards of practice and advocacy are examined. Additional topics include: managing the field placement experience, professional roles, peer learning, reflective practice and portfolio development. Students gain experience in areas of professional practice with children, youth, adults of all ages, and their families through a field placement experience.
PREREQUISITE: Third year standing in Family Science or Child and Family Studies.
Three lecture hours for first 4 weeks; for balance of semester 1 lecture hour per week and 32 hours field placement.
 
382 PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION
In this course, students develop competency in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for health promotion and family education. Topics include theories and models commonly used for program planning and behaviour change, assessing needs, selecting appropriate intervention strategies, identification and allocation of resources, the marketing process, and evaluation models and design.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology (cf. Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology 382)
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 381 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours per week and the development, implementation and evaluation of a program.
 
383 ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY
This course is a study of how public policy shapes the context in which families live, and, in turn, influences human and family development. Topics include the relationship between family functioning and public policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels; the influence of demographic changes, values, attitudes, and perceptions of the well-being of children and families on public policy debates; the effectiveness of policies and programs from a family perspective; the policy making process; and the different roles professionals play in influencing policy development. Special attention is given to the consequences of various policies on current family issues.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours
 
384 WOMEN, ECONOMICS AND THE ECONOMY
(See Economics 381).
 
395 GENDER AND VIOLENCE
(See Psychology 395).
Course Level: 
400 Level
Courses: 

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Family Science at the 400 level.

411 FIELD PLACEMENT I
This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice through practical use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students participate in service provision at a community agency where they will test their attitudes and abilities to work with people, grow in self- awareness, as well as learn and develop helping and administrative skills. Through observation, practice, and reflection, students study and write about family science and professional practice issues relevant to their field placement. 
PREREQUISITES: Family Science 381, 382 and fourth year standing in Family Science or Child and Family Studies.
Two lecture hours per week and 80 hours of field placement
 
412 FIELD PLACEMENT II
This course is a continuation of Family Science 411 and provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice through practical use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students participate in service provision at a community agency where they will test their attitudes and abilities to work with people, grow in self-awareness, as well as learn and develop helping and administrative skills. Through observation, practice, and reflection, students study and write about family science and professional practice issues relevant to their field placement.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 411
Two lecture hours per week and 80 hours of field placement

440 SENIOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECT
This course allows senior students majoring in Family Science to carry out a full-year research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  Entry to this course is contingent upon the student finding a departmental faculty member willing to supervise the research and permission of the department.
PREREQUISITE: Fourth year standing in the Family Science or Child and Family Studies programs.
Six semester hours of credit

441/442 DIRECTED STUDIES IN FAMILY SCIENCE
(See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies.)

451 WOMEN AND AGING
This course examines older women’s diverse experiences in today’s families and in the world as homemakers, wives/partners, mothers, caregivers, and as paid and unpaid workers. Family studies scholarship is examined critically for various themes such as the social construction of gender and validation of family diversity. The contradictory nature of the family as source of venue for control and oppression versus support, validation, and empowerment is also explored.
Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 451) 
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or at least one introductory Women’s Studies course.
Three lecture hours

471 PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION
This course is a study of the developmental nature of parenting throughout the life cycle from birth through aging, with emphasis on the reciprocal nature of parent-child interactions. It includes parenting in various family structures, in various lifestyles, in high-risk families, in families with exceptional children, and in families from diverse cultures. Alternative approaches to parenting (e.g. adoption and assisted reproduction) are discussed. Contemporary strategies for parent guidance and education are introduced.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science/Kinesiology 241
Three lecture hours

491 HUMAN SEXUALITY
This course is an examination of the psychological, social, and physiological aspects of sexual development throughout life. Aspects of human sexuality including reproduction, influence on relationships, gender issues, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual values and decision-making are covered. Students examine current sexuality education methodologies. Implications for future trends in human interaction are analyzed.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours

Calendar Courses

114 FAMILIES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY 
This course is an introduction to the study of families and contemporary issues facing today's families. Topics include changing family structures, current trends in Canadian families, the interaction of families with other systems, and theories used to study families. The course also includes an introduction to family life education including the philosophy, nature and purpose of family education.
Three lecture hours
Note: BCFS students are not able to credit FS 114 as an elective.

221 FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
This course is a study of the management process and how it relates to decision making and resource use by individuals and families. Topics include management history and theories; values and goals; resources; planning and decision making. The management of stress and fatigue, time, finances and environ- mental resources are also discussed. Students gain experience in the application of theory to a variety of individual and family managerial situations.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114 or a student in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies
Three lecture hours

241 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
This course explores human development from conception to old age, including physical, cognitive, and psychological aspects. Topics include attachment across the lifespan; various theories used to study human development; gender; the aging process; and societal factors affecting human development. The reciprocal relationship between human development and their environments is emphasized.
Cross-listed with Kinesiology (cf. Kinesiology 241)
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114, a student in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies or Kinesiology 101 and admission to BSc Kinesiology program
Three lecture hours
NOTE: Credit will not be allowed for Family Science/Kinesiology 241 if a student has already received credit for Psychology 201

242 DYNAMICS OF FAMILY LIVING
This course examines the multiple realities of living in families. Using current theory and research in family science, it focuses on family diversity extending across history, gender, nationality, culture, and age. The course covers crucial issues such as family stress, later-life families, family violence, the work-family interface, parenting, and other areas of family living. The effects of legislation, and social economics and technical change on families are discussed.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114 or registration in the Child and Family Studies Program
Three lecture hours

243 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
(See Psychology 242).

244 PHILOSOPHIES OF LOVE AND SEXUALITY
(See Philosophy 242).
 
261 COMMUNICATIONS
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of communication. The course balances communication theory and research with skills acquisition and practice to help students communicate more effectively in a variety of professional settings. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop skills in interpersonal and group communication, public speaking, and interviewing.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition (cf. Foods and Nutrition 261)
PREREQUISITE: At least second year standing in Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Radiography or a student enroled in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies Program or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours

305 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND ADJUSTMENT
(See Psychology 305).  
 
308 CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(See Psychology 308).
 
310 ADULT DEVELOPMENT
(See Psychology 309).
 
309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Family Science at the 300 level.
 
331 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS
This course is an introduction to research intended to enable students to read critically and evaluate current research. Students are introduced to various types of research designs, research terminology, and the components of the research process.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology (cf. Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology 331)
PREREQUISITE: Math 221. Preference for admission will be given to students registered in the Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Child and Family Studies, Kinesiology or Radiography programs
Three lecture hours
 
344 INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
(See Psychology 342).
 
354 KINSHIP AND FAMILY
(See Anthropology 352).
 
353 PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS
This course is an examination of the diverse array of programs and services designed for older adults, and caregivers of older adults, from a legislative, consumer, and provider perspective. Students will gain insight into these programs and services including their place in the array of services for older adults and the implications of such programs and services for older adults, caregivers, and society.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114
Three lecture hours
 
361 CURRENT ISSUES IN CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
This course is an advanced study of current issues and research in children’s health and development in a family context. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of healthy behaviours and development of children by exploring the linkages between research, policy, and practice.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 241 or permission of the instructor
 
362 FAMILY VIOLENCE
This course will examine the history and various definitions and theories used in investigating the problem of family violence across the life span (i.e. children in abusive families, dating violence, intimate partner violence, the abuse of older adults). Emphasis will be placed on violence against women and violence in diverse family forms. A particular emphasis will be placed on examining strategies for the prevention of family violence over the life course.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor.
Three lecture hours
 
381 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
This course is designed to inform students of the range of professional practice issues confronted by helping professionals working with children, youth, adults and their families. The complexities of working with diverse populations with regard to professional ethics, standards of practice and advocacy are examined. Additional topics include: managing the field placement experience, professional roles, peer learning, reflective practice and portfolio development. Students gain experience in areas of professional practice with children, youth, adults of all ages, and their families through a field placement experience.
PREREQUISITE: Third year standing in Family Science or Child and Family Studies.
Three lecture hours for first 4 weeks; for balance of semester 1 lecture hour per week and 32 hours field placement.
 
382 PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION
In this course, students develop competency in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for health promotion and family education. Topics include theories and models commonly used for program planning and behaviour change, assessing needs, selecting appropriate intervention strategies, identification and allocation of resources, the marketing process, and evaluation models and design.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology (cf. Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology 382)
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 381 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours per week and the development, implementation and evaluation of a program.
 
383 ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY
This course is a study of how public policy shapes the context in which families live, and, in turn, influences human and family development. Topics include the relationship between family functioning and public policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels; the influence of demographic changes, values, attitudes, and perceptions of the well-being of children and families on public policy debates; the effectiveness of policies and programs from a family perspective; the policy making process; and the different roles professionals play in influencing policy development. Special attention is given to the consequences of various policies on current family issues.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours
 
384 WOMEN, ECONOMICS AND THE ECONOMY
(See Economics 381).
 
395 GENDER AND VIOLENCE
(See Psychology 395).

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Family Science at the 400 level.

411 FIELD PLACEMENT I
This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice through practical use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students participate in service provision at a community agency where they will test their attitudes and abilities to work with people, grow in self- awareness, as well as learn and develop helping and administrative skills. Through observation, practice, and reflection, students study and write about family science and professional practice issues relevant to their field placement. 
PREREQUISITES: Family Science 381, 382 and fourth year standing in Family Science or Child and Family Studies.
Two lecture hours per week and 80 hours of field placement
 
412 FIELD PLACEMENT II
This course is a continuation of Family Science 411 and provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice through practical use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students participate in service provision at a community agency where they will test their attitudes and abilities to work with people, grow in self-awareness, as well as learn and develop helping and administrative skills. Through observation, practice, and reflection, students study and write about family science and professional practice issues relevant to their field placement.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 411
Two lecture hours per week and 80 hours of field placement

440 SENIOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECT
This course allows senior students majoring in Family Science to carry out a full-year research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  Entry to this course is contingent upon the student finding a departmental faculty member willing to supervise the research and permission of the department.
PREREQUISITE: Fourth year standing in the Family Science or Child and Family Studies programs.
Six semester hours of credit

441/442 DIRECTED STUDIES IN FAMILY SCIENCE
(See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies.)

451 WOMEN AND AGING
This course examines older women’s diverse experiences in today’s families and in the world as homemakers, wives/partners, mothers, caregivers, and as paid and unpaid workers. Family studies scholarship is examined critically for various themes such as the social construction of gender and validation of family diversity. The contradictory nature of the family as source of venue for control and oppression versus support, validation, and empowerment is also explored.
Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 451) 
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or at least one introductory Women’s Studies course.
Three lecture hours

471 PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION
This course is a study of the developmental nature of parenting throughout the life cycle from birth through aging, with emphasis on the reciprocal nature of parent-child interactions. It includes parenting in various family structures, in various lifestyles, in high-risk families, in families with exceptional children, and in families from diverse cultures. Alternative approaches to parenting (e.g. adoption and assisted reproduction) are discussed. Contemporary strategies for parent guidance and education are introduced.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science/Kinesiology 241
Three lecture hours

491 HUMAN SEXUALITY
This course is an examination of the psychological, social, and physiological aspects of sexual development throughout life. Aspects of human sexuality including reproduction, influence on relationships, gender issues, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual values and decision-making are covered. Students examine current sexuality education methodologies. Implications for future trends in human interaction are analyzed.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours

Calendar Courses

100 Level

114 FAMILIES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY 
This course is an introduction to the study of families and contemporary issues facing today's families. Topics include changing family structures, current trends in Canadian families, the interaction of families with other systems, and theories used to study families. The course also includes an introduction to family life education including the philosophy, nature and purpose of family education.
Three lecture hours
Note: BCFS students are not able to credit FS 114 as an elective.

200 Level

221 FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
This course is a study of the management process and how it relates to decision making and resource use by individuals and families. Topics include management history and theories; values and goals; resources; planning and decision making. The management of stress and fatigue, time, finances and environ- mental resources are also discussed. Students gain experience in the application of theory to a variety of individual and family managerial situations.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114 or a student in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies
Three lecture hours

241 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
This course explores human development from conception to old age, including physical, cognitive, and psychological aspects. Topics include attachment across the lifespan; various theories used to study human development; gender; the aging process; and societal factors affecting human development. The reciprocal relationship between human development and their environments is emphasized.
Cross-listed with Kinesiology (cf. Kinesiology 241)
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114, a student in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies or Kinesiology 101 and admission to BSc Kinesiology program
Three lecture hours
NOTE: Credit will not be allowed for Family Science/Kinesiology 241 if a student has already received credit for Psychology 201

242 DYNAMICS OF FAMILY LIVING
This course examines the multiple realities of living in families. Using current theory and research in family science, it focuses on family diversity extending across history, gender, nationality, culture, and age. The course covers crucial issues such as family stress, later-life families, family violence, the work-family interface, parenting, and other areas of family living. The effects of legislation, and social economics and technical change on families are discussed.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114 or registration in the Child and Family Studies Program
Three lecture hours

243 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
(See Psychology 242).

244 PHILOSOPHIES OF LOVE AND SEXUALITY
(See Philosophy 242).
 
261 COMMUNICATIONS
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of communication. The course balances communication theory and research with skills acquisition and practice to help students communicate more effectively in a variety of professional settings. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop skills in interpersonal and group communication, public speaking, and interviewing.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition (cf. Foods and Nutrition 261)
PREREQUISITE: At least second year standing in Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Radiography or a student enroled in the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies Program or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours

300 Level

305 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND ADJUSTMENT
(See Psychology 305).  
 
308 CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(See Psychology 308).
 
310 ADULT DEVELOPMENT
(See Psychology 309).
 
309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Family Science at the 300 level.
 
331 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS
This course is an introduction to research intended to enable students to read critically and evaluate current research. Students are introduced to various types of research designs, research terminology, and the components of the research process.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology (cf. Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology 331)
PREREQUISITE: Math 221. Preference for admission will be given to students registered in the Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Child and Family Studies, Kinesiology or Radiography programs
Three lecture hours
 
344 INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
(See Psychology 342).
 
354 KINSHIP AND FAMILY
(See Anthropology 352).
 
353 PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS
This course is an examination of the diverse array of programs and services designed for older adults, and caregivers of older adults, from a legislative, consumer, and provider perspective. Students will gain insight into these programs and services including their place in the array of services for older adults and the implications of such programs and services for older adults, caregivers, and society.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 114
Three lecture hours
 
361 CURRENT ISSUES IN CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
This course is an advanced study of current issues and research in children’s health and development in a family context. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of healthy behaviours and development of children by exploring the linkages between research, policy, and practice.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 241 or permission of the instructor
 
362 FAMILY VIOLENCE
This course will examine the history and various definitions and theories used in investigating the problem of family violence across the life span (i.e. children in abusive families, dating violence, intimate partner violence, the abuse of older adults). Emphasis will be placed on violence against women and violence in diverse family forms. A particular emphasis will be placed on examining strategies for the prevention of family violence over the life course.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor.
Three lecture hours
 
381 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
This course is designed to inform students of the range of professional practice issues confronted by helping professionals working with children, youth, adults and their families. The complexities of working with diverse populations with regard to professional ethics, standards of practice and advocacy are examined. Additional topics include: managing the field placement experience, professional roles, peer learning, reflective practice and portfolio development. Students gain experience in areas of professional practice with children, youth, adults of all ages, and their families through a field placement experience.
PREREQUISITE: Third year standing in Family Science or Child and Family Studies.
Three lecture hours for first 4 weeks; for balance of semester 1 lecture hour per week and 32 hours field placement.
 
382 PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION
In this course, students develop competency in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for health promotion and family education. Topics include theories and models commonly used for program planning and behaviour change, assessing needs, selecting appropriate intervention strategies, identification and allocation of resources, the marketing process, and evaluation models and design.
Cross-listed with Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology (cf. Foods and Nutrition/Kinesiology 382)
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 381 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours per week and the development, implementation and evaluation of a program.
 
383 ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY
This course is a study of how public policy shapes the context in which families live, and, in turn, influences human and family development. Topics include the relationship between family functioning and public policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels; the influence of demographic changes, values, attitudes, and perceptions of the well-being of children and families on public policy debates; the effectiveness of policies and programs from a family perspective; the policy making process; and the different roles professionals play in influencing policy development. Special attention is given to the consequences of various policies on current family issues.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours
 
384 WOMEN, ECONOMICS AND THE ECONOMY
(See Economics 381).
 
395 GENDER AND VIOLENCE
(See Psychology 395).

400 Level

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Family Science at the 400 level.

411 FIELD PLACEMENT I
This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice through practical use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students participate in service provision at a community agency where they will test their attitudes and abilities to work with people, grow in self- awareness, as well as learn and develop helping and administrative skills. Through observation, practice, and reflection, students study and write about family science and professional practice issues relevant to their field placement. 
PREREQUISITES: Family Science 381, 382 and fourth year standing in Family Science or Child and Family Studies.
Two lecture hours per week and 80 hours of field placement
 
412 FIELD PLACEMENT II
This course is a continuation of Family Science 411 and provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice through practical use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Students participate in service provision at a community agency where they will test their attitudes and abilities to work with people, grow in self-awareness, as well as learn and develop helping and administrative skills. Through observation, practice, and reflection, students study and write about family science and professional practice issues relevant to their field placement.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 411
Two lecture hours per week and 80 hours of field placement

440 SENIOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECT
This course allows senior students majoring in Family Science to carry out a full-year research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  Entry to this course is contingent upon the student finding a departmental faculty member willing to supervise the research and permission of the department.
PREREQUISITE: Fourth year standing in the Family Science or Child and Family Studies programs.
Six semester hours of credit

441/442 DIRECTED STUDIES IN FAMILY SCIENCE
(See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies.)

451 WOMEN AND AGING
This course examines older women’s diverse experiences in today’s families and in the world as homemakers, wives/partners, mothers, caregivers, and as paid and unpaid workers. Family studies scholarship is examined critically for various themes such as the social construction of gender and validation of family diversity. The contradictory nature of the family as source of venue for control and oppression versus support, validation, and empowerment is also explored.
Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 451) 
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or at least one introductory Women’s Studies course.
Three lecture hours

471 PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION
This course is a study of the developmental nature of parenting throughout the life cycle from birth through aging, with emphasis on the reciprocal nature of parent-child interactions. It includes parenting in various family structures, in various lifestyles, in high-risk families, in families with exceptional children, and in families from diverse cultures. Alternative approaches to parenting (e.g. adoption and assisted reproduction) are discussed. Contemporary strategies for parent guidance and education are introduced.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science/Kinesiology 241
Three lecture hours

491 HUMAN SEXUALITY
This course is an examination of the psychological, social, and physiological aspects of sexual development throughout life. Aspects of human sexuality including reproduction, influence on relationships, gender issues, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual values and decision-making are covered. Students examine current sexuality education methodologies. Implications for future trends in human interaction are analyzed.
PREREQUISITE: Family Science 242 or permission of the instructor
Three lecture hours