Georgian College - Course Outline


Term: Winter 2019

Subject Code:
Course Number:
PLA Applicable:
Course Name:
Family Sociology for Social Service Work
Grade Mode:
Post Secondary

Two way equivalent(s):

CYWK 2006 - Family Systems and Interventions
GNED 2021 - Family Sociology

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits

Course Description:

The multiple variations in family structure, as well as the problems and issues facing families in the twenty-first century are addressed. Family development and family functions are examined in the context of environment; work, school and leisure. Approaches to prevention of family violence, sexual abuse and elder abuse are explored. Students are encouraged to conceptualize the study of family dynamics from a perspective of strength and resiliency using a systems framework. Students are introduced to the use of evidence-based practice and information literacy within the framework of Family Sociology.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Describe and discuss major sociological theories as they relate to the evolution of the family.
2) Examine the emerging trends in the 21st century family and discuss the implications for social service delivery.
3) Identify the dynamics significant in developing strong, resilient families.
4) Analyze the reciprocal relationship between family, work, school and leisure utilizing the systems theory approach.
5) Examine societal issues and concerns such as addictions, family violence, child abuse and elder abuse, as they relate to family wellness.
6) Differentiate between types and formats of resources for writing an academic paper and developing a research strategy.

Course Content:

The traditional family
Alternative families
Changing views of the family
Current issues affecting the family
Indicators of domestic violence; child abuse; elder abuse
Evidence-based practice and information literacy - types and
formats of resources for academic activities.


Tests/examinations/assignments must be written/submitted at the time specified. Requests for adjustments to that schedule must be made before the test/exam/assignment date to the faculty member. Failure to do so will result in a mark of “0”, unless an illness/emergency can be proven with appropriate documentation at no cost to the College.

The passing grade for all courses is 50%, or letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) unless otherwise noted below. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester of a program is 60% and is a requirement to graduate.

50% test(s) 50% assignment(s)


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  1. a mark on the assignment, test, examination or practical experience;
  2. a final mark for a course or co-op work term;
  3. missing or incorrect assessment information on a grade report and/or transcript

A student cannot appeal a decision regarding whether or not a PLA or Exemption is available for an individual course, nor the method of challenge used.

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