Relationships, Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies – DBFA 305

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

Course Description

This course examines contemporary issues that threaten the faith-based heritage of America’s founding principles. Necessary critical thinking skills and advocacy strategies are discussed on behalf of marriages and families in the present day culture. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.




This course helps students understand how to advocate for Judeo-Christian marriage and family values in the public policy arena.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the differences between advocacy and lobbying.
  2. Identify and define the contemporary issues threatening America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.
  3. Articulate how the breakdown of the family unit is leading to a breakdown within society at large.
  4. Develop a comprehensive and practical approach to argumentation and critical thinking to construct and present arguments on questions of fact, value and policy for traditional marriage and family.
  5. Recognize successful technology-based and social media advocacy strategies.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Students will participate in four Discussion Board forums, each spanning across two modules. First, they will answer the forum question(s) in a new thread with a minimum of 250 words by the end of the first module. Then, they must reply to two classmates’ threads (with a minimum of 150 words each) by the end of the second module.

4MAT Book Review (1)

The 4-MAT Book Review system is a way of responding to readings that requires the student 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.


Title Page and Abstract

The student will compose the Title Page and Abstract for the Paper. In APA formatting, the abstract is not a traditional introduction, but rather provides the reader with a road map of what follows. The abstract must be 150–250 words. The Title Page and Abstract is due in the third module.

Outline and References Page

The student will compose a content Outline for the 4-MAT Book Review Paper and submit it with the References Page. The Outline must contain 2 levels of current APA edition headings and must include the expected references for each level. The student will also compile a list of at least 3 outside (this number will not include the required texts or Bible), current (within the last 10 years) references in current APA format. The Outline and References Page is due in the fifth module.


Utilizing information presented in this textbook, as well as theoretical and practical elements from academic references, the student will compile a book review paper of 5-7 pages in current APA format. The 4-MAT Book Review Final must include the previously created APA title page, abstract, and references page and contain at least 3 scholarly references in addition to the textbook and biblical integration. The title page, abstract, and references page will not count toward the overall length requirement. The Final is due in the seventh module.


Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 exams. The exams are open-note/open-book. Each exam will contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Material for the first exam will cover material from modules 1-2. The second exam will cover material from modules 3-4. The third exam will cover material from modules 5-6. The fourth exam will cover material from modules 7-8. The student will have one hour to complete each exam.