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HDFS 524 - Family Studies

  • 3 credits

Major theories and content areas in the field of family studies with an emphasis on family diversity.

Course Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and explain the core assumptions, major concepts, and limitations of key theoretical perspectives employed in studying families.
  2. Describe current trends in family studies content areas.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the roles of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, income, and culture on family relationships and functioning.
  4. Analyze how family theories are applied in empirical studies in the fields of family studies and family interventions.
  5. Identify the implications of family studies research for family-related prevention and intervention programming. 

Required in these Programs:

ADVS-PHD: Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science
HDFS-MAFZ-MS: Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization, Plan A
HDFS-PVSZ-MS: Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Plan A, Prevention Science Specialization
PRSP-DD-MPSP: Master of Prevention Science Practice, Plan C (M.P.S.P.)

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Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information.  Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Ashley Harvey, PhD, LMFT
Ashley Harvey, PhD, LMFT

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Dr. Ashley Harvey is an associate professor and a senior teaching faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Since 2007, she has taught over 100 courses on campus and online, and more than 15 different courses related to parenting, families, lifespan development, therapeutic techniques, grant writing, and dying and grieving. Dr. Harvey is also a licensed marriage and family therapist.