Family, Faith and the Future: Worldview – DBFA 600

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

Course Description

This course examines conflicting worldviews regarding marriage and family and provides an opportunity for students to apply evaluative research in considering the implications of human services from a Judeo-Christian perspective when biblical worldviews and cultural worldviews conflict. Philosophical, political or legal influences, ethical concerns, and multicultural factors are also considered.

Prerequisite

HSCO 500

Rationale

By examining the history and current landscape of conflicting worldviews, this course provides opportunities to frame concerns with the preservation of traditional Judeo-Christian values, and develop a framework for supporting family well-being in a shifting world.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss why philosophy and worldviews matter and describe 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 an adequate understanding of the biblical worldview of marriage and family such as dualism, postmodernism, ethical relativism, utilitarianism, and egoism.
  4. Explain how cohabitation, divorce, fatherlessness, illegitimacy and same sex unions are impacting social and financial institutions in America.
  5. Explain how to live from a foundation of empirically and biblically healthy courtship, marriage and parenting.
  6. Defend biblical Christianity as a complete philosophical system that embraces the whole of reality and every aspect of human life, as well as grasp its intellectual validity, existential satisfaction, and practical applicability as a credible belief system for marriage and family.

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)

Following the specific instructions for the Discussion Board Forums posted in the Blackboard course site, students will post an original thread during the first week of the forum answering specific questions with a minimum 400-word count based on the module/week’s readings and video/audio content. The student will be post a minimum of two (2) replies of 200 words each to other students’ threads during the second week of the forum.

Familial Worldview Reports (2)

The student will conduct two firsthand interviews, which must be at least 3 pages long, not including the title page or reference page, related to any of the following topics:

  • Divorce
  • Same sex attraction
  • Same sex lifestyle
  • Adult child who grew up without a father
  • Foster parents of children who do not know biological parents
  • Heterosexual couple living in cohabitation
  • Married couple who cohabited before marriage
  • Remarriage
  • Blended Family
  • LGBT advocate
  • A politician advocating for traditional marriage
  • A politician advocating for an expanded view of marriage

Research Paper

Following the specific instructions posted in the Blackboard course site, students will complete a research paper including a:

Topic - The student will submit a topic with a 300-word rationale detailing why the topic is relevant to the course and contemporary 21st century worldview dilemmas/ controversies. Include at least five supporting sources which are evidence based and peer reviewed within the last five years.

Annotated Outline - The student will submit an annotated outline with references for the paper.

Final submission - The completed paper should be at least 10 pages in length (not including Title Page, Abstract and References pages) and follow APA guidelines, with at least 10 references from current peer reviewed and evidence based sources in the last five years. At least seven (7) references must be research/journal articles. The paper can address any philosophical, moral, cultural or societal dilemma related to the course (examples include, but are not limited to: divorce and its impact on society; fatherlessness; illegitimacy; blended families, foster parenting/families, interracial family dynamics, homosexuality and the political, philosophical and biblical issues it presents; a course of action to defend traditional family values; a compare/contrast approach presenting all sides of an argument and the student’s intellectual viewpoint and debate of each of the other worldviews, etc.). Completed papers should frame an actual problem and address theoretical and empirical aspects of the topic selected, as well as practical applications which produce solutions, efficacy of solutions and/or room for future research and/or solutions development.