Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HEC 201
Course Title:
Family Partnerships in Education
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Introduces the study of family behavior, values, and attitudes. Covers the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on family development, including ecological systems, demographic trends, diversity, contemporary issues and public policy. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed for individuals interested in early childhood education, parenting education, and family life education.  The course addresses various family compositions issues and trends, including single parents, intergenerational families, same-sex families, families of color, immigrant families, class issues, etc.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Identify the major concepts and issues facing contemporary families.
  • Understand families and their relationships to other institutions, including educational and occupational systems.
  • Use an understanding of the structures, functions, and cultural variations of families in early childhood education and human service settings.
  • Interact, communicate, and work with diverse families in a variety of contexts.

Course Activities and Design

Individual reading assignments.

Discussions.

Quizzes.

Videos 

Written assignments and interviews.

Book reviews and field projects.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Select and analyze artifacts from mass media.

Interview a parent about their community relationships, connections, and culture.

Analyze communication between an educational institution and families (home-school connection).

Complete a field project or book review relevant to the topic of family studies, early education, parenting, parent support, or parenting education.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Families in societal contexts.

Family cultural variation.

Changing gender roles in family partnerships.

Demographic trends.