Research and Emerging Paradigms in Marriage and Family Studies – DBFA 620

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

Course Description

This course explores the causes of divorce, the psychological consequences for both children and parents, factors that challenge positive adjustment after a divorce, and strategies for successful remarriage. Other public policy and legislative issues related to marriage and the family are further examined, as well as legal, cultural, and theological implications for the 21st century. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.


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The concept of marriage and family has changed significantly over the last 50 years. As Human Service Workers, we must be equipped to help member of the family unit. The goal of this course is to provide you with the tools to assist families, which will enable you to better serve and counsel more effectively I the local community contexts.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the prevalent emerging thoughts and paradigms on marriage and family in the 21st century.
  2. Explain the redefinition of marriage providing a biblically-based argument for traditional marriage.
  3. Identify the various scientific and spiritual benefits of marriage.
  4. Describe the components a God-centered, Christian home and its benefits on children and society at large.
  5. Identify 21st century challenges for raising a Godly family including, but not limited to, stress, busyness, technology, single parenting, etc.

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)

Each forum will require the student to answer questions with a minimum of 400 words based on that particular module/week’s readings (Dr. Dobson’s works and/or the core text), as well as video/audio content. The student will be required to post at least two (2) replies of 200 words each to other students’ threads.

4 MAT Review (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, Reflection, and Personal Application. Please see the specific assignment instructions included with the course materials.

Reflection Paper

The student will read the required text Debating Same-Sex Marriage, then construct a well-written 3–5-page paper in current APA format (not including Title Page or References) addressing the topic. Use the outline below for the format of your paper.

The Importance of Marriage Paper

The student will address the importance of marriage in a well-written 3-5-page paper in current APA format (not including Title Page or References). Use the outline below for the format of your paper: