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Family Studies


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Fiona Tasker
  • Assessment: a two-hour written examination (95%) and a group essay plan presentation (5%)

Module description

The general aims of this module are to:

  • provide an introduction to systemic approaches to the development of family relationships
  • evaluate the evidence from research on family relationships within different types of families
  • develop skills in verbal and written presentations through small group work, class exercises and individual essay writing.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • list the general themes that have been covered in the course
  • list the main theories or ideas covered in each of the lecture topics
  • critically evaluate each of the theories in relation to rival theories citing research evidence to support or refute each idea
  • review the family life cycle with reference to cultural diversity
  • discuss the relative importance of family structure and family processes
  • evaluate the strength of research evidence in family studies
  • present an essay plan individually or with a group.