Instructor: Marcia Iris Baum, MSW, LCSW
Course Description: This course combines both classroom lectures and interactive discussions with a community-based fieldwork component. Students are required to complete interviews in their local community with non-profit or for profit agencies. An independent study fieldwork final paper is required with this course. The intent of the fieldwork is to apply academic information into a real-life experience.
Office: Burk Hall 302
Office hours: Mondays or by appointment
Class meets in Burk Hall 352
Course Requirements: This course satisfies a requirement in the GE 3 cluster Families in Change. It is a 3 unit course. In order to earn GE credit you must complete 60 units by the end of the semester. GE 3 requires a written assignment (maximum 10-12 pages) graded by instructor and this assignment will be based on fieldwork. A minimum grade of a C - is required if you are taking this course for credit. It is your responsibility to check your enrollment status.
Withdrawal Policy & CR/NCR Policy:
The last day to drop a course without receiving a W grade is September 22. If you want to withdraw from a course after this date you must obtain written approval from the instructor and the college dean between September 23 to November 15. Withdrawal from a class after November 15 will be considered only under “extreme circumstances” and must be accompanied with appropriate documentation. If you are applying for Credit/No Credit Option decide on a timely basis. The last day to apply for CR/NC is Wednesday October 20th. No “incomplete” grades will be allowed unless there is serious illness accompanied by documentation.
You may elect to withdraw from any class in CHHS. YOU are responsible for withdrawing by touchtone or by petitioning the Registrar. Your instructor is not responsible for dropping you from the class list if you stop attending.
Evaluation and Grading Procedures:
Your course grade will be evaluated and based on points earned.
Multiple Choice questions valued at 2.5 points each.
Semester starts August 30, no class on September 6 (Labor Day), last class Dec 6.
CFS/D Department Phone # 338-1219, CFS/D office is located in Burk Hall Room 329.
FINAL Exam- Monday Dec 13, in Burk Hall 352
Due date for final paper is Monday Nov 29, if you hand it in at least one week early you will be given 5 extra points.
Statement on Cheating and Plagiarism: Cheating is the actual or attempted practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one’s grade or obtaining course credit; such acts also include assisting another student to do so. Typically, such acts occur in relation to examinations. The term cheating is not limited to exams only, but any and all actions taken by a student that are intended to gain an unearned academic advantage by fraud or deceptive means. Plagiarism is a form of cheating that consists of the misuse of published and/or unpublished works of others by misrepresenting the material, ie-their intellectual property, as one’s own work. Penalties for cheating and plagiarism range from an F on a particular assignment, to an F for the course, to expulsion from the University. Refer to Schedule of Courses (legal notices on cheating and plagiarism) or the University Catalog (policies and regulations).
Course Objectives/Student Learning Objectives:
2. Recognition that crisis management consists of a process of working through a crisis to its resolution and that it is a short term helping process.
3. Understanding of family relationship dynamics, including both functional and dysfunctional systems prior to and during crisis times.
Class 1 August 30 Welcome, review course agenda and fieldwork project,
Crisis theory, stress, family systems theory, boundaries and roles within family systems
Class 2 Sept 13 Functional and dysfunctional family systems, Addicted
Families - Film clips to illustrate disease and dysfunction
Class 3 Sept 20 Alcoholic families, co-dependency, family dynamics
Class 4 Sept 27 Alcoholism, Twelve Step Model of Treatment, Harm Reduction
Theory, Behaviors & Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics, supports
Class 5 Oct 4 Families with eating disorders, at risk adolescents, influence of
family dynamics & cultural expectations on teen’s body image
Class 6 Oct 11 Families with incest, mandated reporting,
Class 7 Oct 18 Families with physical & psychological child abuse, book
discussion of “A Child Called It”, treatment interventions
Class 8 Oct 25 Unplanned teenage pregnancy
Class 9 Nov 1 Midterm Exam - bring scantron form 882
Class 10 Nov 8 Divorce, re-marriage and step-families
Class 11 Nov 15 Elder care, aging and elder abuse mandated reporting
Class 12 Nov 22 Death and Dying
Class 13 Nov 29 (Final Paper Due) Suicide in the Family
Class 14 Dec 6 Last Class - Homelessness and Runaway Youth,
Review for Final Exam
Class 15 Dec 13 FINAL EXAM, bring scantron 882 form
Disruptive Classroom Behavior: Cell phones and pagers must be turned off at all times, even if you are on call for work. Due to privacy concerns and the nature of the subject matter TAPE RECORDING IS NOT PERMITTED. The classroom is a special environment where students and faculty come together to promote learning and growth. It is essential that you respect the rights of others to learn, the professionalism of the instructor, and the goals of academic freedom. Please refrain from talking in class unless you want to share views with the entire class and instructor. Do not sleep, eat or read newspapers in class. Different viewpoints are welcome, but be respectful of others when disagreeing and avoid degrading remarks and comments. Student misconduct is disruptive for all and disrupts learning. It will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action or removal from the classroom.
American with Disabilities Act:
The university is committed to providing students with disabilities reasonable academic accommodations.
The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities can assist students who have physical,
perceptual or learning disabilities as addressed by the
If you need special accommodations for examinations or other assistance you can contact the student disability resource center on campus, telephone 338-6356.