This course is designed to equip students with an understanding of God's original design for the home, the primary purposes of family life, and a biblical method for facilitating transformation. Students will establish the ground work for fostering healthy family relationships and strong generational legacy. This study begins with a "big picture" view of the home, clarifies doctrinal misunderstandings of the family role, outlines a history of the modern family, and offers a scriptural vision for long-term family blessing.
The life of every person has been, and will be, largely shaped and defined by his or her home life; however, there are very few courses that apply an understanding of biblical and theological foundations to the family structure.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the scriptural purposes for home life.
- Contrast terms that are misunderstood in our culture regarding the family with their correct definition based on a biblical foundation.
- Apply a theological framework to barriers facing the family.
- Evaluate current barriers that are facing the family from a biblical perspective.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes (MLOs: A, B, C, D)
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.
The student will complete 2 Discussions designed to facilitate substantive interaction on some of the topics covered throughout the course. The student will post an original thread in response to the prompt provided. After posting the original thread, the student is asked to post replies to 2 peers’ posts. The thread portion of the Discussion is due by 11:59 pm (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week, and the 2 replies to classmates' posts are due by 11:59 pm (ET) on Monday of the same Module: Week. (MLOs: A, C, D)
Analysis Paper Assignment
The student will select a current issue facing the family and analyze how the media (newspapers, news shows, popular magazines, news magazines, etc.) presents or deals with the issue using a specific current media story. (MLOs: B, C, D)
Journal Article Review Assignment
The student will review a scholarly journal article related to his/her proposed research topic for the Research Paper. For the article review, the student will be required to provide a brief summary of the article and a brief analysis of how this article fits within the scope of his/her proposed research topic meeting. (MLOs: B, D)
Research Paper Assignment
The final research paper will focus on a topic or issue discussed during the course. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)
Book Review Assignment
The student will write a 2-page book review of the assigned text. This review will contain a short summary of the book, a discussion of the book’s strengths and weaknesses, and an application of the book in the student’s life. (MLOs: A, C, D)
The student will complete two quizzes over the course content material (MLOs: A, C, D)