Theology of the Family – THEO 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/04/2022

Course Description

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.

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

Rationale

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:

  1. Identify the scriptural purposes for home life.
  2. Contrast terms that are misunderstood in our culture regarding the family with their correct definition based on a biblical foundation.
  3. Apply a theological framework to barriers facing the family.
  4. Evaluate current barriers that are facing the family from a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

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.

Discussions (2)

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)

Quizzes (2)

The student will complete two quizzes over the course content material (MLOs: A, C, D)