Theology of the Family – THEO 330

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

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.

Prerequisites

(THEO 201 and 202) or THEO 104

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 (Outcomes A, B, C, D)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board forums (2)

The student will complete 2 group discussion board forums (groups will be assigned by the professor) designed to facilitate substantive interaction on some of the topics covered throughout the course. Each forum takes place over the course of 2 modules/weeks. In the first module/week that the forum is assigned, the student is asked to post a 300–500-word original thread in response to the prompt provided. After posting the original thread, the student is asked to post 200–300-word replies to 3 peers’ posts. Each portion of the Group Discussion Board assignment will be due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned modules/weeks. (Outcomes A, C, D)

Analysis Papers (2)

The student will select a current issue facing the family and analyze how the media (newspapers, news shows, popular magazines, news magazines, etc.) present or deal with the issue using a specific current media story. For each analysis, the student should analyze how the media deal with the familial issues and whether the attitudes and ideas expressed by the media are congruent with a biblical response. Each paper should be 2 pages in length and should include at least 1 citation from a media source. These assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned modules/weeks. (Outcomes B, C, D)

Journal Article Review

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 correctly formatted citation for the article, 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, but not exceeding 2 pages. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3. (Outcomes B, D)

Biblical Foundations Essay

The student will write an essay identifying the scriptural purposes of home life. In a brief 2-page essay, he/she will explain the biblical foundations of the family. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4. (Outcome A)

Research Paper

The final research paper will be 7–8 pages focusing on a topic or issue discussed during the course. The paper should incorporate 8 sources, 3 of which need to be scholarly articles. The student’s writing should be written in formal, academic style with Turabian citations. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7. (Outcomes A, B, C, D)

Book Review and Application

The student will write a 2-page book review of Walls. 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. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8. (Outcomes A, C, D)