PSY 280 Marriage and Family
3 Semester Units
Marriage and Family presents a representative summary of the literature of family therapy and the complex and changing social unit known as the family. Contemporary theories and issues in marriage and family therapy including communication, gender identity, love, choosing a partner, parenting, divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies are all covered to help students be familiar with the context of the ever changing context of the American family.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explore the history and changing nature of marriage and the key issues facing marriages and families in the twenty-first century.
- Understand the various roles, stereotypes, and power dynamics in marriages, families, and intimate relationships.
- Examine how gender, culture, religion, class, and sexual orientation affect marriages and intimate relationships.
- Identify the emotional, social, and economic consequences of divorce and legal separation.