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HDFS 511: Family Theory
Fall, 2006

Instructor: Dr. Ronald Jay Werner-Wilson
Office: 1321 Palmer Building
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 9-10:30, Thursdays from 2-3:30, and by appoitment
Telephone: (515) 294-8671
Professional Web Page: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~rwwilson/
Email: rwwilson@iastate.edu
Class Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm Wednesday
Class Room: 333 Palmer

Required Reading:

      Boss, P.G., Doherty, W. J., LaRossa, R., Schumm, W. R., & Steinmetz, S. K. (Eds.). (1993). Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methods: A Contextual Approach. New York: Plenum Press.

     Zimmerman, S. L. (1995). Understanding family policy (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

     Reading Packet. There are nine readings that have been organized into a reading packet. You may check out the packet from 1321 Palmer or you may view the reading packet on the web from the course web page.  Click here to go to that page (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available at http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html)

Course Objectives:

    Review the nature and value of theory to the study of individual and family development across the lifespan.

    Provide an introduction to the history of general theoretical orientations.

    Provide an opportunity to discuss core assumptions, major concepts, and limitations of theoretical perspectives.

    Evaluate the use of theory in empirical research.

Course Requirements:

    Complete all assigned readings and participate in class. A grade will be assigned for class participation.

    Complete four take-home examinations. All examinations must be returned on the scheduled date.  There will be a ten point per day deduction for assignments that are turned in late.  

    Exam One: September 20
    Exam Two: October 11
    Exam Three: November 8
    Exam Four: December 13

Accommodation for Disabilities

Any student needing accommodation for a disability should present their approved accommodation request form from Disability Services to the instructor in order to plan accommodations.


Grading will be based on the number of points you earn out of a total of 450 total possible points.  Grades will be based on the following distribution:

Grade Distribution: Point Distribution:
   A 405 - 450 points (90 - 100%) Class Participation: 50
   B 360 - 404 points (80 - 89%) Exams: 100 points each
   C 315 - 359 points (70 - 79%)
   D 270 - 314 points (60 - 69%)
   F Less than 330 points

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Last modified: August 18, 2006.