Special Study in Home Economics: Family Studies

EDCP 494 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Weekly Responses and Discussion
  • Module 1: Major Group Assignment
  • Module 2: Issue Analysis
  • Module 3: Case Study
  • Module 4: Housing Fact Sheets/Backgrounder


Family Studies (EDCP 494) is one of a series of online special study courses designed to provide background knowledge for teachers of home economics or for those considering teaching home economics as a career.

Family Studies involves examining family life and issues from a variety of perspectives. This course will focus on the major topics taught in Family Studies in secondary schools: human growth and development; families in society; family and interpersonal relationships; parenting; and housing and living environments. The goal of this online course is to provide background information and knowledge in Family Studies for current or potential teachers of home economics.


  • To become familiar with terminology related to the study of families
  • To become familiar with current trends and issues facing families
  • To evaluate and apply theoretical frameworks used in the study of families


 Module 1: Human Growth and Development and the Dynamics of Family Life (5 Weeks)
  • Child Development and Parenting
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
Module 2: Families in Society (3 Weeks)
  • Defining and Conceptualizing Families
  • Canadian Families
  • Issues Facing Families
Module 3: Interpersonal and Family Relationships (2 Weeks)
  • Communication, Intimacy and Commitment
  • Relationship Breakdown, Divorce, Remarriage
Module 4: Housing and Living Environments (2 weeks)
  • Housing Options for Canadian Families
  • Homelessness and Housing Issues in Canada
  • Creating Living Environments


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604-822-2665, or toll-free in North America: 1-800-661-3889 or

Order online: http://shop.bookstore.ubc.ca/courselistbuilder.aspx

  • Baker, Maureen. Families Changing Trends in Canada, 6th Edition. Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2009. ISBN: 9780070968868


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to http://services.library.ubc.ca/off-campus-access/connect-from-home/


Telephone: 604-822-2013, or toll-free in North America: 1-888-492-1122
Email: pro-d.educ@ubc.ca

Latest Revision on: March 23, 2017