Family and Child Studies (M.A.) - Graduate - 2011 University Catalog

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FAMILY AND CHILD STUDIES

Complete 32 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    1. Complete the following 5 courses:

      FCST 501 Seminar in Family and Child Studies 3
      FCST 507 Research in Family and Child Studies 3
      FCST 540 Interdisciplinary Study of Family 3
      FCST 620 Social Policy and the Family 3
      FCST 640 Family Theories 3
    2. Complete a fieldwork experience for 3 semester hours - 6 semester hours.

  2. RESEARCH

    Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. RESEARCH OPTION

      Complete .

      FCST 509 Research Seminar 3
    2. THESIS OPTION

      1. Complete .

        FCST 698 Master's Thesis 4
      2. Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.

  3. ELECTIVES

    Complete 7 semester hours-11 semester hours of coursework. Must be 500 level or above.


Course Descriptions:

FCST501: Seminar in Family and Child Studies

Identification of the issues in family and child studies. Trends are analyzed as a basis for managing change. Each participant will design a project and plans for implementation. Starting Summer 2012: In this course students gain experience identifying issues in family and child studies and analyzing trends as a basis for managing change. Each student designs and plans for implementation of a project. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

FCST507: Research in Family and Child Studies

Designed to provide basic research and statistical literacy so that the student can develop a research proposal in its entirety in family and child studies. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304; Family and Child Study majors only.

FCST509: Research Seminar

Carrying out a research study on specific problems of limited scope. Starting Summer 2012: Students will develop critical thinking skills as applied to original research and theoretical writing. This course is designed to facilitate the development of ideas and concepts that will be used by students to execute their master's thesis. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FSCT 507.

FCST540: Interdisciplinary Study of Family

Contributions which various academic disciplines (history, anthropology, biology, economics, as well as psychology and sociology) make toward a more comprehensive understanding of family life. Starting Summer 2012: Students gain an understanding of how various academic disciplines (history, anthropology, biology, economics, as well as psychology and sociology) contribute towards a more comprehensive understanding of family life. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

FCST620: Social Policy and the Family

Historical overview of family policy in the US. Students examine relationships among research, theory & public policy, & explore the role of the economy, politics, race, class, gender, and legal & advocacy issues. Students learn about major social policies & programs derived from those policies that affect diverse families' well-being & quality of life across the life course. They examine family policies from a social justice perspective in historical & current contexts. They learn the basics of policy formation & the competing constituencies that help shape the process. Starting Summer 2012: Through this course students gain a historical overview of family policy in the United States and the role of the economy, politics, race, class, gender, and legal and advocacy issues. Students examine major social policies and programs and how they affect diverse families' well-being and quality of life across the life course. Through a social justice lens, students analyze intended and unintended family consequences of governmental policies as well as the policy implications of change in the structures and composition of families. Students also learn the basics of policy formation and the competing constituencies that help shape the process. (3 lecture hours.) 3 sh.

FCST640: Family Theories

This course provides an overview of the interface between theory, research, & the application of various developmental & behavioral theories related to the study of families & interpersonal relationships. Students engage in in-depth review & analysis of the major theoretical frameworks underlying the understanding of family functioning & development. They emphasize the influences of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, language, immigration, cultural values & beliefs, education, social class, & sexual orientation on development, understanding, & application of family theories. Starting Summer 2012: Students gain an overview of the interface between theory, research, and application of various developmental and behavioral theories related to the study of families and interpersonal relationships. Students engage in an extensive and in-depth review and analysis of the major theoretical frameworks underlying the understanding of family functioning and development. Students also analyze current research on diverse families through varying theoretical lenses. They analysis emphasizes the influence of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, language, immigration, cultural values and beliefs, education, social class, and sexual orientation on the development, understanding and application of family theories. (3 lecture hours.) 3 sh.

FCST698: Master's Thesis

Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take FCST 699 if they don't complete FCST 698 within the semester. Starting Summer 2012: Students develop an Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. () 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.