Child & Family Development: Psychological and Theological – DBPC 300

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

Course Description

This course offers foundational and developmental perspectives on child and family life and dynamics. Sociocultural trends and issues are explored, as well as important factors that impact the behavioral and spiritual development of today’s children and adolescents. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.




The physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual development of children and adolescents is ever changing. Today’s parents are often challenged in understanding and responding to these developmental stages. The principles taught in this course will provide students the essential framework necessary for helping parents create and sustain a healthy and balanced family environment. This course is offered in an eight-week format and includes extensive readings, reviews, quizzes, 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 current trends and issues in child and adolescent development.
    2. Identify and describe characteristics and primary tasks of key developmental stages.
    3. Describe the basic physical, emotional and social changes that occur during childhood and adolescence and the factors important to healthy growth.
    4. Think critically about issues pertaining to child development and to integrate research with biblical wisdom in a theologically appropriate manner.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of popular developmental theories and apply them to real life parenting situations.
    6. Cultivate a biblically based theology regarding child and family development.
    7. Develop awareness of biblical principles that result in healthy children and families.
    8. Incorporate biblical interventions in working with children, adolescents and families.

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.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge based on that particular module/week’s material. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 150 words.

4-MAT Paper

The 4-MAT REVIEW system is a way of responding to course readings by demonstrating critical thinking and application to new ideas presented in the material. The student will write a review on one of the required or recommended resources for the course. The review will include a summary, concrete response, reflection, and application. The review is to be 4 pages in length and formatted in APA.

Position Paper

Topic: The student will submit a topic with a 200-word rationale detailing why the topic is relevant to child or family development.

References: The student will submit a reference page with four academic research sources to use for the paper (in addition to the course textbooks and Bible).

Outline: The student will submit an APA formatted sentence outline for the final paper and include citations from at least four sources.

Final: The student will write a 6-page paper (not including Title Page, Abstract, and References) following APA guidelines on the approved research topic with at least four references from current sources, in addition to the course textbooks, Dobson material and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete four open-book/open-notes quizzes that will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions based on the course’s video, audio, and reading materials.