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Main text book on Kortext Baca Zinn, M, Eitzen, S, Rupert,F,Wells, P (2013) Diversity in Families Pearson Education LTD
Assessment in detail
Up to 2,500 words Choose a Topic we have studied and discuss the impact this issue has had on family life
Examples of essay tittle
Explore how food impacts on family life
Explore how trauma impacts on Family Life
Explore how mental health impacts on Family life
I want you to use this sentence and insert the chosen topic – Explore how ……..impacts on family life
In place of the dots you can choose -cultural differences, trauma, food, sexuality, adoption, mental distress, mental health, attachment, criminality, intergenerational transmission of trauma, old age, politics, and any other topic but check it out with me)
Model outline for the essay on the module:
For the model essay I am choosing the topic trauma so
1) intro-I would say/ argue that studying trauma has shown how the environment and interpersonal upheaval can have determining impact on family life, break up the family habitual way of life, shared meaning and sense of belonging, create mental disturbance and is therefore key to understanding emotional disturbances in familial relations
2) In the next paragraph after the into, you need to define the Family and define trauma –For a definition of the family I would say there are different kinds of family and historically the family has changed, I would question there is an ideal family and challenge conventional stereotypes of the family, however choose a definition you can work with.
3) I choose a general intro to trauma, then a Freud and then Attachment definition and say I go with attachment and why I chose this. So I have chosen a genera definition, then Freud and then Bowlby and attachment.
3 ) then I give examples of how trauma impacts on family life
4) examples from natural disaster –arguably are different from let us say a war crisis, because from an attachment perspective the crisis in human relations that war brings is potentially more disturbing because it relates to a breakdown of affiliative relations altogether and define why this is more traumatic .
I take an example of a war zone trauma -the Nazi and Jewish onslaught
5) Refer to intergenerational transmission and impact family life and future generations
6) Refer to effects on individual development
7) sum up and conclude how helped understand disruption and family breakdown and by understanding can address ways of dealing with crisis and developing preventive measures
The essay must be typed or word-processed, double-spaced, and accompanied by a full bibliography in the correct form. Students who fail to adhere to these requirements will be penalised by loss of marks.
Toby Grainger (Module Specification
Module Code: Level: 6
Dr Nicola Diamond
Excluded combinations :
Location of delivery: UEL/ - learning (please delete as appropriate)
If ‘Other’ please insert location here:
Main aim(s) of the module:
The aim of the module is to explore the question What is the Family? Are families universals and constant or are they culturally and historically variable? What has happened to the family in Western Post-Modernity? Are families central to our lives-should they live up to an ideal or be debunked? Do families both make us and break us. Are they necessary?
In examining and answering these questions we will be exploring ‘family’ as a social and historical phenomenon, in cultural difference and specificity. How does the family define gender, sexuality, parenting, children and ageing? What is the relation between the family and mental health? We will be looking at approaches to the family and in particular the psychoanalytic model. This module is a Psychosocial approach to the family which explores the psychic and social together?
Main topics of study:
Learning Outcomes for the module
Subject-based practical skills
Skills for life and work (general skills)
Teaching/ learning methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:
For on campus students:
Student Presentations of family of origin
Visual material-film /other media
Assessment methods which enable students to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the module; please define as necessary:
Learning Outcomes demonstrated
Reading and resources for the module:
These must be up to date and presented in correct Harvard format unless a Professional Body specifically requires a different format
Core Text Main text book on Kortext Baca Zinn, M, Eitzen, S, Rupert,F,Wells, P (2013) Diversity in Families Pearson Education LTD
White, J ,Klein, D Family Theories (2007) Sage Publications, USA UK
Mason, P, Barnes M, (2009). Children, Families and Social Exclusion - Developing New Understandings for Prevention. Policy Press,Bristol USA
Indicative learning and teaching time
(10 hrs per credit):
Activity (e.g. lectures/seminars/tutorials/workshops/studio work/moderated online discussions, online chat etc):
Lectures: 24 Hours
Seminars/Workshops: 12 Hours
1. Student/tutor interaction:
Activity and hours (Defined as lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio/workshop, fieldwork, external visits, work based learning (not placements), formative assessment) See further descriptions in guidance http://www.uel.ac.uk/qa/Moduleindicativelearningandteachingtime.docx