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

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Dr. Ashley Harvey is a professor and Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Since 2007, she has taught more than 10,000 students across 15 different courses in 150 undergraduate and graduate sections, on topics such as parenting, couples and families, lifespan development, grant writing, and dying and grieving. Dr. Harvey has spoken at TEDx, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and earlier in her career worked at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a grief counselor and educator.