FAM SERV 1020 Family Relationships

Understanding contemporary families as they exist in their cultural context. Exploration of how families change and adapt to normative and non-normative challenges. Application of family theory and current research in order to understand family dynamics.

Course details

Course syllabus: 
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Course notes: 

Course credit may be applied to the Iowa School Health Education Teaching Endorsement (Elective Course).

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area: 

Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.


Olson, D. H., DeFrain, J., & Skogrund, L. Marriages & families: Intimacy, diversity, and strengths. 2007/6th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill.

University Book and Supply (UBS) carries most books used in GIS courses. Search for textbooks by course choosing “UNIV.NORTHERNIOWA” and the term you are enrolled in and GSW (web) or GSP (print) for the section.

Visit UBS at 1009 West 23rd Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Phone: 319-273-7581 or 800-728-7581
Email: bookstore@panthersupply.com

Texts may also be available from www.bookfinder.com.

Additional materials: 


This course requires that you purchase a course packet. Course packets are available from Copyworks. Call 319-266-2306 to order your course packet over the phone with a credit card. Packets are available electronically or through hard copy.

Course delivery

This course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.


Elaine Eshbaugh

Enrollment information

Tuition: $233/unit, plus non-refundable enrollment fee of $10 and technology fee of $38 for online courses

To enroll: Visit the GIS Enrollment page for forms and information. Or visit us at CEEE 16 on the UNI campus. Campus map

Guided Independent Study
UNI Continuing and Distance Education
319-273-2123 or 800-772-1746

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