David H. Olson, John DeFrain, and Linda Skogrand. Marriage and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths, 8th edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
This writing assignment tasks you with understanding the strengths and weaknesses you bring with you from your family background. You will interview a family member and then write about the experience. Your finished paper will include a three-page, single-spaced summary of an interview you completed with either a parent or grandparent (you will complete an interview worksheet for this part of the assignment).
For this assignment, you will construct several family sculptures and write about the strengths and weaknesses that you see due to your family background.
This assignment will have two parts. First, you will construct three family sculptures: one for the families of each of your parents and one for your own family when each person was ten years old (you will be given specific instructions on how to draw a family sculpture).
Next, you will create two short write-ups: a two-page, double-spaced summary of the strengths of your family of origin based on the family sculptures, and a two-page, double-spaced summary of the weaknesses of your family of origin based on the family sculptures.
You will study several major family science theories during the course. For this assignment, you will write a five-page, double-spaced paper in which you analyze a family from a television show through the lens of one of the three major theories you learn about in class. You must reference at least 10 ideas and terms from each theory and bold them in your paper the first time you use them. Your analysis should include discussion of how the theory would identify both strengths and weaknesses in your current family.
Several times in the course, you will learn how symbolism within families is an important component of family process. For this assignment, you will think about how your family might be represented in a symbolic way.
The first part of the assignment is to create a “family flag” that symbolizes your family and then write about the symbols involved. You may design this flag in any way you wish (such as using graphic software or drawing the flag by hand and scanning a copy), but it must include the following elements:
This flag should collectively represent your family and be unique to the experiences that you had growing up. You will not get bonus points for unusual creativity in media or execution, and you will not be graded on your artistic ability. However, you should make sure your flag is neat and professional looking.
For the second part of the assignment, you will write a three-page, double-spaced paper briefly describing the five symbols you picked. This write-up should focus on the symbolic nature of the objects you use, not just describing the symbols, but explaining the deeper meaning behind them.
For the final assignment of the class, you will submit a six-page, double-spaced paper that is essentially a self-analysis of your current family process utilizing the concepts from the course. This assignment serves as evidence that you can apply the material from the course to a real situation. You will select four from a list of ten topics that we have covered in the course. You will use the course materials from those four areas to build an analysis of both the positive and negative elements of their family process.
In addition to the two exams, you will complete three online quizzes based on the reading material from the textbook. These quizzes consist of approximately 15 multiple-choice questions (worth 2 points each). These quizzes help you prepare for the exams—so you should take them without referring to your texbook or course materials. You will have a time limit of 20 minutes to complete each one, so be sure you have thoroughly read the material before you begin.
There will be two exams for the class, a midcourse and a final. The final exam is comprehensive, and includes elements from the entire course (roughly 75% new material and 25% old material). Both exams are comprised of multiple choice, true-false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and short essay questions. The final is only available to be taken in a paper format. Please plan for shipping time.
The points from the assignments and exams make up your course grade.
|Family Interview Assignment||30|
|Family Sculpture Assignment||50|
|Family Theory Analysis Paper||75|
|Family Symbolism Assignment||50|
|Family Process Self-Analysis Assignment||100|
|3 Reading Quizzes||90|
Your letter grade will be determined using these percentages:
|E (fail)||59 and lower|
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