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Cross-cultural Perspectives: Families & Ethical Issues in Child Life Practice

This course focuses on the family as a social system and will include the following topics: family relationships - dynamics of family life, historical and contemporary theories related to family structure and functions, adaptations in family structure and interaction patterns during times of transition, examination of diverse family systems, parenting, caregiving and family life from a cross-cultural perspective, adult-child interactions, family roles, and parenting skills. Through popular culture and case studies we will explore current research, theory and healthcare ethics, as they apply to the family. This course will assist learners as they consider the national, state/provincial and institutional systems, which provide the context for child life practice. (Prerequisistes EDUC 500, EDUC 821)