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RST-305-20, Marriage and Family (SU13)

 INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Kanis, SSND

SCHEDULED/DAY/TIME: T1/MONDAY/6-9:00 PM, 06/03/2013-07/01/2013

CONTENT:

This course will examine the changing patterns and challenges that contribute to a contemporary understanding of marriage. Personal development in preparation for intimacy and commitment will be considered from a feminist perspective. The impact of personal, theological, biblical, spiritual and societal values on relationships, commitment and parenting will be explored.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- to examine intimacy and marriage as they are experienced personally, as a member of a family, and through the cultural expressions/media of our society

- to develop insight on the interpersonal skills needed for relating and parenting

- to provide biblical and theological perspectives on sexuality, intimacy and commitment

- to explore issues related to intimacy, sexuality, marriage and parenting

METHODS:

1. dialogue involving class members in sharing personal experiences, research, assigned readings and activities

2. attendance and active participation in each class

3. guest speakers who have experience or involvement in these issues

4. small and large group discussions

5. appropriate media resources

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

- Preparation for class through assigned reading and activities and careful preparation of academic journal (30%)

- ACTIVE attendance and participation in each class/ Willingness to reflect on experiences of relating, intimacy and family (personal and cultural) (20%)

- Two integration papers (30%)

- Final examination (20%)

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS: 

-Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael (ed.) Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, NY, 2007.)

-Articles available online: www.LNDL.org

ASSIGNMENT TO BE DONE PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS:

1. Prepare one page reflection describing your favorite example of marriage. (fiction, non-fiction)

2. Read: selection from Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled, available online at www.LNDL.org.

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