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FMSC
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FMSC110
Families and Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC
Students will explore, define, and study global health, social determinants of health, health inequalities, gender inequality, family violence, and maternal and child health using a global perspective.
FMSC170
Future of Families: Issues and Controversies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: FMSC170 or FMSC298F.
Formerly: FMSC298F.
Examination of current trends and controversial issues in family life, including issues of marriage, reproductive technologies, adoption, child custody, remarriage, and marital violence.
FMSC260
Couple Relationships
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: FMSC260 or FMST260.
Formerly: FMST260.
Couple relationships and their alternatives in contemporary dating, courtship and marriage.
Restricted to majors or non-majors with less than or equal to 60 credits.
FMSC290
Family Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: FMSC290 or FMST290.
Formerly: FMST290.
Application of economic methodology to study families under various economic situations. Examination of how decisions about marriage, divorce, fertility, consumption and time use are influenced by labor/housing markets, tax structure, social welfare benefits and other economic considerations.
Restricted to majors or non-majors with less than or equal to 60 credits.
FMSC302
Research Methods in Family Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
Prerequisite: Must have completed an introductory statistics course.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department.
Credit only granted for: FMSC302 or FMST302.
Formerly: FMST302.
Introduction to the methods of the social and behavioral sciences employed in family science. The role of theory, the development of hypotheses, measurement, design, and data analysis.
FMSC310
Maternal, Child and Family Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Credit only granted for: FMSC310, FMSC410 or FMSC498A.
Formerly: FMSC498A and FMSC410.
Additional information: A comprehensive understanding of maternal, child, and family health, with additional emphasis on environmental health, needs assessment and evaluation, enabling students to more effectively address issues in the workplace.
Overview of the major issues in Maternal, Child, and Family Health in the U.S. and the world. The course will cover the social, political, environmental, and economic factors that shape the health of women, children, and families throughout the life course. It will employ the core disciplines of public health -- 1) epidemiology/biostatistics, 2) environmental health, 3) health policy and administration, and 4) social and behavioral health -- to examine these factors. The course introduces specific issues and interventions and places these issues and interventions within their broad sociohistorical context.
FMSC330
Family Theories and Patterns
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: FMSC330 or FMST330.
Formerly: FMST330.
Theory and research on the family, including a cross-cultural analysis of family patterns.
FMSC332
Children in Families
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100 or FMSC105.
Credit only granted for: FMSC332 or FMST332.
Formerly: FMST332.
A family life education approach to the study of children and families. Emphasis on the interaction of children with parents, siblings, extended kin, and the community.
FMSC341
Personal and Family Finance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: FMSC341 or FMST341.
Formerly: FMST341.
Individual and family financial strategies with emphasis on financial planning, savings, investments, insurance, income taxes, housing, and use of credit. Planning, analyzing, and controlling financial resources to resolve personal/family financial problems and to attain financial security.
FMSC381
Poverty, Affluence, and Families
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Prerequisite: SOCY100 or SOCY105.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department.
Credit only granted for: FMSC381 or FMST381.
Formerly: FMST381.
Social, political, cultural and economic factors influencing income and wealth in American families.
FMSC383
Delivery of Human Services to Families
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: FMSC330.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department.
Credit only granted for: FMSC383 or FMST383.
Formerly: FMST383.
Processes of service delivery with special emphasis upon relationships among managers, service providers and clients. The impact of human service systems on families.
FMSC399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC420
African American Families
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: FMSC330.
Credit only granted for: FMSC420 or FMSC498F.
Formerly: FMSC498F.
Examination of the history, structure, cultural foundation, and diversity of African American family life is the focus of this class. Presentations and discussions enable students to identify, analyze, and assess: (1) the major theoretical perspectives used in the study of African American families; (2) the impact of social policy on African American families; and (3) specific areas of family life (e.g., marriage and divorce, parenting, child development, health disparities).
FMSC431
Family Crises and Intervention
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Credit only granted for: FMSC431 or FMST431.
Formerly: FMST431.
Family crises such as divorce, disability, substance abuse, financial problems, intra-familial abuse, and death. Theories and techniques for intervention and enhancement of family coping strategies.
FMSC432
Adult Development and Aging in Families
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and (SOCY100 or SOCY105). And FMSC332; or must have completed a comparable development course.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department.
Credit only granted for: FMSC432 or FMST432.
Formerly: FMST432.
Theory, research, history, and programming related to adult development and aging in the intergenerational context of family.
FMSC460
Violence in Families
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Prerequisite: SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100.
Credit only granted for: FMSC460 or FMST460.
Formerly: FMST460.
Theories of child, spouse, and elder abuse in the family setting. Emphasis on historical, psychological, sociological and legal trends relating to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Introduction to methods for prevention and remediation.
FMSC477
(Perm Req)
Internship and Analysis in Family Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: FMSC383; and 9 credits in FMSC courses; and permission of SPHL-Family Science department.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department.
Credit only granted for: FMSC477, FMST347, or FMST477.
Formerly: FMST477.
A supervised internship and a seminar requiring analysis. Opportunities to integrate theory and practice including 120 hours of contracted field experience. Summer or fall internship contracts due May 1; Spring contracts due December 1. See department for application procedures.
FMSC485
Introduction to Family Therapy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: FMSC330; or 1 course from PSYC300-499 course range.
Credit only granted for: FMSC485 or FMST485.
Formerly: FMST485.
The fundamental theoretical concepts and clinical procedures of marital and family therapy including premarital and divorce therapy issues.
FMSC487
Legal Aspects of Family Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: FMSC487 or FMST487.
Formerly: FMST487.
Laws and legal procedures, with emphasis on adoption, marriage, divorce, annulment, and property rights, and how they affect family life.
FMSC498
(Perm Req)
Special Topics: Family Science; Family Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC498A
Special Topics: Family Science; Making a Difference: Child and Family Policy Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PLCY388A. Credit granted for PLCY388A or FMSC498A.

Nearly one quarter of children in this country live in poverty. Millions more more live in families struggling to provide the basics of quality childcare and education, food, and health care. The disparities in the conditions that help children and families thrive are not only based on income, there are also in many cases factors of race, home language, gender, age, and geography. Students will be provided a foundation of some of the major federal programs helping children and families thrive and an introduction to advocacy skills such as learning the federal legislative process and federal funding types and limitations, using data in persuasive written and oral advocacy, growing and activating a grassroots.
FMSC498H
(Perm Req)
Special Topics: Family Science; Family Studies Honors Thesis
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC498M
Special Topics: Family Science; Theory and Techniques of Family Mediation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduction to family mediation as an approach to helping families deal effectively with the issues associated with separation and divorce. Theo ry, practice, and techniques of negotiation, with an emphasis on custody , property division, and constructive restructuring of family relationsh ips.
FMSC610
(Perm Req)
Research Methods in Family Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: EDMS645; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: FMSC610 or FMST610.
Formerly: FMST610.
Research methods in family science. The role of theory, design, use of qualitative and quantitative measurement techniques, data collection and data analysis. Development of research proposals.
FMSC641
Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: FMSC640.
Credit only granted for: FMSC641 or FMSC641.
Formerly: FMST641.
Overview of theoretical models of couple relationships and methods of facilitating growth and interaction within those relationships. Emphasis on couples with conflicting needs and expectations, and dysfunctional communication and conflict negotiation skills.
FMSC642
Normal and Abnormal Individual and Family Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: FMSC640.
Credit only granted for: FMSC642 or FMST642.
Formerly: FMST642.
Normal development and psychopathology in the family system. Emphasis o parent-child relationships and application of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to family therapy.
FMSC647
Theory and Techniques of Family Mediation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: FMSC647 or FMST647.
Formerly: FMST647.
An introduction to family mediation as an approach to helping families deal effectively with the issues associated with separation and divorce. Theory, practice, and techniques of negotiation, with an emphasis on custody, property division, and the constructive restructuring of family relationships.
FMSC651
(Perm Req)
Psychopathology in the Family Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: FMSC650.
Restriction: Must be in Couple and Family Therapy (Master's) program.
Credit only granted for: FMSC651 or FMST651.
Formerly: FMST651.
Diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology within the family context, with application of various family therapy models.
FMSC653
(Perm Req)
Advanced Application of MFT Models and Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: FMSC652.
Restriction: Must be in Couple and Family Therapy (Master's) program.
Credit only granted for: FMSC653 or FMST653.
Formerly: FMSC653.
Advanced application and integration of family therapy skills and theoretical models in the practice of marriage and family therapy. Emphasis on treatment plans from different therapeutic models demonstrated in case presentations and supervision of therapy.
FMSC658
(Perm Req)
Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy; Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
FMSC689
(Perm Req)
Research Internship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC698
(Perm Req)
Advanced Topics in Family Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Must have written permission of faculty member and chairperson.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC699
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC730
Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Review of key issues on the frontier of maternal and child health research and practice within broad public health and socio-cultural context. Examines current maternal and child health issues such as ethics, child and family health, health and socioeconomic disparities, child nutrition and obesity, military family health, and global health.
FMSC789
(Perm Req)
Non-Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Must have written permission of faculty member and chairperson.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC810
Theory in Family Systems and Family Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: FMSC810, FMST698P, or FMST810.
Formerly: FMST810.
Theory and research on family interaction and family coping with normative health and mental health transitions and non-normative crises across the family life cycle. Micro-analysis of family process in communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and compliance to health regimens. Examination of dysfunctional patterns and effective coping strategies.
FMSC850
Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: FMSC850, FMST698P, or FMST850.
Formerly: FMST850.
Determinants and trends in Maternal and Child Health, including analysi of the role of economic inequalities, race and ethnicity, community contexts, and psychosocial factors across the life course. Overview of methods and data systems used to monitor Maternal and Child Health. Development of a complete population health study.
FMSC879
Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
FMSC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FMSC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.