HSS 202 explores the issues related to providing human services in a multicultural world. The course surveys the diversity of United States culture particularly in the areas of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation. Special emphasis is given to the role of these issues within families. The course is designed to challenge students to examine how their understanding of human diversity affects their personal, academic, and professional development. Students will review human diversity issues in terms of Christian thought and belief.
The social world is full of institutions, and it is held together by institutions. These institutions change over time, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. In this course, we will explore the contours of four social institutions--marriage, family, the church, and neighborhoods.
How are these institutions changing? Why are they changing? What is our own role in these institutions? Biblical norms for these social institutions will be considered, and we will work together to develop a Christian perspective to apply to other social institutions as well.
In this course, more reading is dedicated to the family than to the other institutions. This is not because this institution is somehow more important than the others. Our focus is on the family because that is a "home institution” with which we are all familiar, as children or perhaps as parents.
As we look through various lenses at the family (historical, sociological, moral, biblical), we will also come to see marriage, church, and neighborhood more clearly, and we will be better prepared to apply our newly framed sociological sensibilities to other institutions as well--friendship, schools, healthcare, athletics, and even politics.