Change and Development Families: Working From a Family Perspective

Applied Community Studies
Child, Family & Community Studies
Course Code
CFCS 2333
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course explores families from a variety of theoretical perspectives including: ecological model, Indigenous and diverse lived experience and systems perspective. Starting with students' own families, participants learn and use several frameworks in mapping, understanding, and reflecting on their lived experiences and how they may engage with families in professional practice. The concepts of identity, culture, and family as social constructs will be explored in a Canadian context.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Ability to reflect on one’s own values, beliefs and attitudes is central to understanding family experiences.
  • Each family has strengths and les within a sociocultural context which is dynamic.
  • Diversity exists between individuals and within families and communities.
  • Early trauma, abuse and/or neglect have enduring intergenerational impacts on individuals and families.
  • Identifying and supporting protective factors promotes resilience.
  • The role of Child and Youth Care (CYC) practitioners is generally one of collaborative support.
Learning Activities
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Student presentations
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to the Douglas College Evaluation Policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Written papers
  • Group presentations
  • Classroom participation

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Conduct primary and personal assessment on their own family in order to apply learning to future Child and Youth Care (CYC) practice.
  • Analyze family dynamics and patterns as a means of understanding the relationship between the role of individuals in families and family functioning, as a family unit and in the larger context of community.
  • Explore the importance of working collaboratively wit families and other professionals by learning approaches to support practice with children, youth, and families.
  • Evaluate one's awareness of how family experiences shapes both personal life and ways of engaging within child and youth care practice.
Textbook Materials

Course materials and/or textbooks approved by the department.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CFCS 2333
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Langara College (LANG) LANG SSRV 1XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENS 2XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) DOUG CFCS 2333 (3) & DOUG CYCC 2320 (3) = UFV CYC 168 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCW 2XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CYC 2nd (3) or VIU HSER 1st (3)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023