SOC 315 - Family-School-Community Partnerships

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION)

This course explores the role of relationships between families, schools, and the communities in which families reside. Students will deepen their understanding of the importance of family involvement in the school system and examine creative strategies for including parents and families in the school. Students will also analyze contemporary family patterns and composition in order to more effectively connect with the families in their communities. Students will recognize that children are highly impacted by the environments in which they live. Topics in social studies will be explored as students have opportunities to discuss the importance of involving community partners, culture and diversity in the school system. Major theorists will be studied. This course also includes a 20-hour community volunteer project of the student's choice. Cross-referenced with ECE 315. (F)