Grief and Loss, Death and Dying (SOC-261)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An exploration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of death and dying, and the process of bereavement, in the context of psychology and human services. Students will explore issues related to dying and bereaved persons, and develop their own psycho-social framework for understanding and facing death, terminal illness, life-threatening violence, grief, and loss. Issues of worldview, beliefs about evil, suffering, and life after death will be considered.
Credits: 3      Weeks: 6

OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of death and dying.
  • Apply a Christian worldview to beliefs of evil, suffering, and life after death. 
  • Develop one's own psychosocial framework for understanding and facing death, terminal illness, life-threatening violence, grief, and loss.

Marriage and Family

Course Description

An examination of the structure and function of marriage and family life from a biblical perspective. Topics include mate selection, parenting, divorce, transition in relationships and the family life cycle. Students are exposed to difficult family issues such as blended families, spousal infidelity, midlife crisis and grief and loss in the home.
Credits: 3    Weeks: 6

Topics

  • Family Systems
  • Mate Selection
  • Principles of Parenting
  • Divorce
  • Transition in Relationships
  • God’s Design for the Family
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Blended Families
  • Spousal Infidelity
  • Midlife Crisis
  • Grief and Loss

Parenting

Course Description

A study of parenting and child development with a special focus on biblical parenting. The physical and spiritual development of the child from birth through the teen-age years is also emphasized.
Credits: 3    Weeks: 6

Topics

  • God's purpose in parenting
  • Discipline strategies
  • Challenges with raising children
  • Spiritual development
  • Birth order