Youth, Family, and Community Sciences (YFCS)

YFCS - Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Courses

YFCS 500 Supervised Professional Experience in Family Life & Youth Development 3.

In preparation for professional positions in family life & youth development, students will work with a faculty member or organizations to design a Masters capstone study project that aligns with their professional goals. Faculty supervision required.

YFCS 501 Theories in Child & Youth Development 3.

This course will critically compare and evaluate the primary developmental theories and their usefulness in predicting behavior, cognition, and social-emotional growth. The course is designed to prepare practitioners for educational service deliver to examine how theories guide practice in child and youth development.

YFCS 502 Theories in Family Science 3.

This course will critically compare and evaluate the major human development theories and their application to family life and youth development and examine the usefulness of theory in describing, explaining, predicting, or changing behavior.

YFCS 523 Family Relationships Over the Life Course 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Applications of theories and research about interpersonal relationships and family dynamics to issues facing families over the life course, emphasizing the interplay of social, developmental and health factors in affecting change, continuity and well-being.

YFCS 524 Gerontology in Family Life Education 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

The course will examine the social context of aging, the lived experience of aging as reported by older persons, and the interaction of individuals and families with social institutions and community systems of care, including the "aging network".

YFCS 531 Effective Management of Family Resources 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate student status or any PBS student..

Family resource management theory is used to examine personal financial management concepts. Family systems and stress theories will be employed to emphasize the interconnections between families, communities, resources through topics such as personal management (decision-making, time & organizational management, stress management); human and social capital (education, skill building, health, employability, relationships); physical capital (transportation, real estate, and housing); financial management (credit and debt, budgeting, retirement issues, bankruptcy).

YFCS 533 Complex Family Issues 3.
R: Graduate Standing or Permission of Instructor.

This course will examine educational intervention strategies for family issues that pose particular difficulty for Family Life and Parenting Educators. Topics include: addictions/substance abuse; child abuse and neglect; domestic abuse; Illness, death and dying; divorce/mediation; step-families & single parenting; gang memberships, suicidal ideation, sexuality/teen pregnancy; and rape and other acts of violence. The course will include a discussion of evidence-based prevention and treatment options for referring clients, and a debate of the role of educators in this process.

YFCS 535 Family Health & Well-being 3.

This course will examine health and well-being issues of special concern to families, especially healthy lifestyle choices. Areas of focus will include food safety and nutrition, physical activity and well-being and healthy environments. Woven throughout the course will be the family's role in creating supportive situations related to health and well-being as well as the impact of public and social policies. Students must have completed a Bachelor's of Science.

YFCS 537 Human Sexuality 3.

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of the physiological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of sexual development throughout the lifespan. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional and psychological aspects of sexuality; gender and sexuality; reproductive health and family planning, and the intersections of sexuality and interpersonal relationships. While some cross-cultural information will be included, the main focus will be sexuality in the United States.

YFCS 540 Environmental Influences on the Family 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

The course will include an examination of social, economic, and behavioral housing theory, historical and current housing policy and its relationship to the housing, neighborhoods and community development and an investigation of diverse populations and their housing/neighborhood concerns.

YFCS 542 Applied Concepts in Early Childhood Development 3.

This course explores the fundamental concepts of early childhood development (e.g., birth through age 5) as applied to family contexts. The course considers theoretical and empirical literature in early childhood development and examines the implications for practice with families and community-based organizations.

YFCS 543 Applied Concepts in Parenting and Family Life Education 3.

Theoretical and empirical literature in lifespan, family life, and parent education will be explored along with implications for issues affecting families including content, delivery, and evaluation of parent education programs. Offered either face-to-face or in person via Distance Education.

YFCS 545 Family Communication and Coaching 3.

This course examines communication in families and integrates the coach approach to communication including identifying individual and family issues; appreciating differences; discovering purpose; practicing forgiveness; resolving conflict; conducting successful critical conversations; mending relationships; effective communication; direct and indirect communication; the art of saying no; the power of words; powerful questions; work/life balance; identifying values; stress management.

YFCS 547 Family Life Coaching 3.

YFCS 547: Family Life Coaching prepares family science practitioners to meet the growing demands of improving family life through family life and parent Coaching. This graduate-level course examines family life coaching as an approach to services for families and youth. Students will be introduced to coaching as a vital service for helping families better communicate and reach goals and will explore theoretical and empirical literature in coaching. Through practice and skill building exercises, students will learn to coach and will examine the implications for future coaching practice.

YFCS 550 Family and Youth Professionals as Leaders 3.

This course examines the application of classic and contemporary theories and models of leadership to the work of community-based organizations. Students will examine leadership from diverse perspectives; then analyze the strengths and weaknesses of leadership theories and models when applied to organizational development of community-based systems.

YFCS 551 Research Methods in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences 3.

This course introduces students to research design, methodology, and program evaluation as applied to youth, family, and community-based practices. Specific emphasis will be placed on giving students experiences and interactions with a variety of research methods and techniques used to conduct investigations in youth and family settings.

YFCS 552 Program Development & Evaluation in Youth & Family Settings 3.

Historical and contemporary foundations of program development and evaluation in non-formal, community-based family life and youth development settings are examined including theory, research, and three holistic program development constructs: 1) planning; 2) design and implementation; 3) impact evaluation and accountability.

YFCS 553 Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development 3.

This course explores the fundamental concepts of child and youth development (including early childhood through adolescence) as applied to programmatic and organizational contexts. A special focus is placed upon the concepts as applied to Community Youth theories & practice.

YFCS 554 Collaborations & Partnerships in Family & Youth Settings 3.

To prepare educators (formal and non-formal) to better establish, lead and manage collaborations and partnerships in family settings and those that support holistic community-based youth development organizational systems. Specific foci include: types and levels of partnerships; environmental scanning and socio-organizational linkage contextual factors affecting community collaborations; leadership factors affecting community collaborations; and human, financial and programmatic management in collaborations. Some on-campus meetings are required.

YFCS 556 Organizational Systems in Youth and Family Settings 3.

Preparation for current and future community family and youth development professionals leading and managing community-based organizations. Course includes: fundamentals of management and leadership; institutional and organizational structures; administrative and strategic planning; working with advisory and governing groups; marketing and program delivery systems; information management systems; and human resource, financial, facilities and risk management systems.

YFCS 557 Volunteerism in Youth and Family Settings 3.

Preparation for current and future community-based youth and family professionals to better manage volunteers in local program service delivery. Specific foci include: volunteerism as a social phenomenon; volunteer resource management; new forms of volunteerism; and future trends in volunteerism. Restricted to graduate and post-baccalaureate students only.

YFCS 558 Contemporary Issues in Volunteer Resource Management 3.

In-depth examination of current and emerging issues and trends impacting volunteer involvement in community-based youth and family organizations to prepare current and future youth and family professionals to manage volunteers in local program delivery; examining contemporary research related to trends and issues, and evaluating historical and current social phenomena so as to understand their impact upon volunteer involvement and consider future challenges for volunteer administrators. Restricted to graduate and post-baccalaureate students only.

YFCS 559 Administration and Supervision of Youth and Family Programs 3.

Fundamental concepts and theories of administration and management as applied to family life and youth development organizational contexts with emphasis given to organizing and managing human resources and including business operations, planning, decision-making, organizing, staffing, communicating, motivating, leading, and controlling.

YFCS 585 Professional Ethics and Family Policy 3.

This course explores contemporary issues facing youth, family, and community professionals in the United States. Students will explore respective social, cultural, political, and/or organizational underpinnings of issues as focused in two major domains: (1) professional ethics and practice and (2) family law and public policy. Emphasis will be placed on issues affecting family life educators and their understanding of the legal issues, policies, and laws influencing the well-being of families, along with understanding the character and quality of human social conduct. This includes the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they relate to professional family life education practice.

YFCS 590 Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development 1-6.

Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development.

YFCS 630 Independent Study in Family Life & Youth Development 1-3.

Students engaged in independently designed study guided by specific objectives constructed under the supervision of a faculty member.

YFCS 695 Thesis Research 1-9.

Thesis Research.