Marriage, Family and Faith: Basic Worldviews – DBFA 300

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines basic cultural and biblical worldviews regarding both marriage and the family as core societal institutions and lays a biblical foundation for understanding policy making and advocacy concerns. Philosophical and spiritual dynamics are examined from a Judeo-Christian perspective and in light with current social norms. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The evolving definitions of marriage and the family are among the most controversial social issues in America today. How Christians navigate the complexities of these issues matters greatly for both an eternal impact on individual families, but also as it pertains to societal impact regarding the direction of a nation. There is a need to understand the history and current landscape of these conflicting worldviews and provide the foundations of a plan for the preservation of traditional Judeo-Christian values, as well as the well-being of the family. This course is offered in an eight-week format and includes extensive readings, interactions with couples, a position paper, and interactions with other students via Discussion Board.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify why philosophy and worldviews matter when viewed against the various worldviews prevalent today.
  2. Defend a Christian worldview and the biblical definition of marriage and family.
  3. Describe the philosophical and theological impediments to understanding the biblical worldview of marriage and family such as dualism, postmodernism, ethical relativism, utilitarianism, and egoism.
  4. Defend biblical Christianity as a complete philosophical system that embraces the whole of reality and every aspect of human life as a credible belief system for marriage and family.
  5. Recognize a biblical worldview as the key to self-understanding and personal integration and as the means of orienting him/herself in human history, the world and culture.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Essays (4)

The student will write a double-spaced essay of at 500 words in current APA format using a provided prompt about the various issues impacting the family. The essay must incorporate research and demonstrate course-related knowledge.

 

4-MAT Reviews (2)

The 4-MAT Book Review system is a way of responding to readings that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels, including a Summary, Concrete Responses, a Reflection, and personal Application. Please see the specific assignment instructions included with the course materials.

Exams (2)

There will be two open book exams in the course. Material for the first exam will cover lectures and reading of modules 1-4. The second exam will cover lecture and readings from module 5-8.