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Change and Development: Families

Course Code: CFCS 2330
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 1 - 10
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course explores the nature of families, their commonalities and diversity. This course will give you the opportunity to reflect upon your own personal experience of family in order that you might identify the attitudes, values, beliefs and feelings you bring to your work with families. An emphasis on family strengths, natural support networks, and the challenges of family life cycles will provide practitioners with a perspective from which to begin their working relationships with families.

Course Content

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

  1. Families have strengths.  A recognition and appreciation of the strengths of families affects the nature of collaboration.
  2. Each family is a unique system within a context of other interlocking systems – individuals, other families, communities, cultures, religions, education, work, economic, etc.
  3. Collaboration in our work with each other encourages each individual and each family to utilize personal and familial power.  Families have natural support systems and families working together can create additional support systems.  Practitioners provide support from the perspective of family centred care.
  4. Diversity occurs within and between individuals, families, communities, professionals and professions engaged in work with families.  Respect and appreciation of diversity creates a meeting ground, a commonality.
  5. We all come from families.  Reflection on our own families is a source of knowledge about the family.  This reflection may raise issues for each of us as we come to terms with our own life experience.
  6. Families are constantly changing.  As we understand change and development in families, we are more accepting of ourselves and supportive of others.

Methods of Instruction


Small group work

Guest speakers

Audio-visual presentations

Means of Assessment

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

Examples of methods of evaluations include the following:

  1. Family Life Cycle Assignment: apply family life cycle theory to own family experience and provide objective analysis.
  2. Group Presentation: Working in groups with student colleagues, research and present on assigned topic related to professional role with families.
  3. Genogram Assignment: Research three generations of social and emotional history of student’s own family, using assigned genogram format.  Provide analysis of genogram.
  4. Attendance and participation.
  5. All written assignments are marked for content and English writing as per current Faculty of Child, Family and Communities Studies standards.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct primary, personal family research
    • collects own family history
    • examines family history for themes and patterns
    • constructs own simple family genogram
    • presents learning about own family in written form
  2. Consider relationship between individual development and family dynamics
    • reads text and handouts for theoretical understanding
    • applies theoretical perspectives to own family of origin
    • examines personal history from all four theoretical perspectives
  3. Think critically about families in context
    • examines families from macro and micro perspectives
    • articulates impact of gender, culture and socio economics on families
    • identifies potential impact of abuse issues within families
    • identifies potential impact of stress issues on families, e.g., abuse, addictions, mental health, family breakdown, etc.
    • recognizes the impact of social networks on families
    • respects diversity
  4. Reflect on professional role
    • examines own values, beliefs and attitudes in regards to working with families
    • shows a willingness to accept and work with apparent differences
    • appreciates limitations of self and of role
  5. Assess own learning and classroom performance
    • examines own style of learning and participation
    • engages in course learning activities
    • monitors learning style and level of participation
    • attempts changes based on observation of self and feedback.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.