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

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Each Discussion will require the student to answer questions with a minimum of 400 words based on that particular module’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 Paper Assignment

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.

Debating Same-Sex Marriage Paper Assignment

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 Assignment

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: