|Teacher||Dr. M. Großklaus|
|Frequency||Every three years|
|Credits||5 ECTS||Workload||125-150 Hours|
|Applicability||This Module is the basis for all other modules in this course of study. Ideally, it should be studied first before all others as the terminology and methodology are established.
|Course structure||See module and courses|
|Contact time||35-45 Hours||Self-Study||105-125 Hours|
|Participation requirement||See access to the program|
|Content of the Module||An introduction to current and traditional theories of the family, with attention given to the evolution of these frameworks, as well as recent theoretical developments and research pertaining to the study of the family. Applications of these frameworks to family studies will focus on the diversity among families due to various contextual factors (e.g. race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family structure, history, and sociopolitical context).
This course is intended to examine major theoretical frameworks which explain variation in family life, including the exchange, symbolic interaction, family life course development, systems, conflict, feminist, and ecological theoretical frameworks. Students will consider how theory relates to very real aspects of family life, compare and contrast theories, explore various typologies for analyzing and comparing the seven frameworks, and give attention to future theory development.
A. General Learning Objectives
B. Specific Behavioral Objectives
|Outline||A. History and development of family therapy
B. What is a Theory?
C. Philosophies of Science
D. Functions of a Theory
E. Theories about Families
F. A history of theory in family therapy
G. Traditional Theories
H. Current Theories
I. The Functionalist Framework
J. The Symbolic Interaction Framework
K. The Systems Framework
L. The Conflict Framework
M. The Feminist Framework
N. The Ecological Framework
O. The State of Family Theory and Its Future
P. Applications and Issues