HDFS 402 - Couple and Family Studies

  • 3 credits
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This course examines theory and research concerning couple and family processes. The course also examines social contexts in which couples and families change over time.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize knowledge of theory and empirical research relevant to couple and family processes.
  • Construct an understanding of how couples and families change over time in a variety of social contexts.
  • Evaluate and interpret information related to couple and family theories and research from a variety of sources.
  • Exhibit effective written and oral communication skills related to couple and family studies, including use of technology for presentations.
  • Compare, contrast, and synthesize multiple points of view related to couple and family issues.
  • Implement effective collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting skills.
  • Exhibit professional ethics, conduct, and presentation.

This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 334 (Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle); completion of 60 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Exploring Family Theories, 4th Ed. (2016)
    Smith, Suzanne R. and Hamon, Raeann
    ISBN: 978-0190297268
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 978-1433805615

There will be additional selected readings posted on Canvas.


Katie Gerst
Katie Gerst


Dr. Gerst is an Assistant Professor in the HDFS department. She has been teaching for 11 years and has taught a variety of courses in HDFS. Her interests include interpersonal relationships with special focus on gender and power dynamics in marriage.

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