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Edmonds Community College    
  Dec 15, 2017
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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CYFS 330 - Applied Family Systems Theories

5.0 Credits
Course constructs understanding of interconnected relationships in which children, youth, and families function and grow. Systems theories and the ecological perspective and how they infuence humand development are examined. Evaluates how the interaction within the family systems reflects the social environment in the diversity of socioeconomics, culture, language, and ethnicity, is a central framework of the class.
Prerequisite Admission to BAS Program.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course students will able to:

  1. Examine the family systems perspective, systems theories, and how they contribute to the understanding of child and family development.
  2. Explain the purpose and practice the use of a genogram to understand family patterns through creation of a schematic diagram of a family’s relationship system.
  3. Construct how the ecological perspective can influence educational and social services for children and families through the interconnectedness of individuals, families, children’s programs, community settings, social institutions, structures, and cultural values.
  4. Analyze the professional’s role as an educator of young children or a social service worker within the family system, as well as, the potential role in the interaction between the systems to support the development and learning of children, youth, and families.
  5. Synthesize knowledge of systems theories in program development in early childhood education, youth, and family services, that is inclusive of cultural diversity and ethnic identity, and respectful of the unique qualities and circumstances of each individual and family.
  6. Evaluate how the family systems framework applies to best practices in strengths-based programs in early childhood, youth, and family services.

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