HEC 201 : Family Partnerships in Education

Introduces the study of family behavior, values, and attitudes. Covers the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on family development, including ecological systems, demographic trends, diversity, contemporary issues and public policy.

This course is designed for individuals interested in early childhood education, parenting education, and family life education.  The course addresses various family compositions issues and trends, including single parents, intergenerational families, same-sex families, families of color, immigrant families, class issues, etc.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Identify the major concepts and issues facing contemporary families.
  • Understand families and their relationships to other institutions, including educational and occupational systems.
  • Use an understanding of the structures, functions, and cultural variations of families in early childhood education and human service settings.
  • Interact, communicate, and work with diverse families in a variety of contexts.

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