Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Dynamics of Birth & Adopt Fam Sym
F317 | 6625 | Deborah Fravel

This course offers students an understanding of dynamics in adoption,
examining risks and opportunities for adoptive and birth families as
variant family types. Current research and theory provide a framework
for learning about the diverse experiences of these families.
Students examine interrelational processes and within adoptive- and
birth family networks, and learn to address the mutual
interdependencies between these family networks and their
environments. The course addresses diversity in birth and adoptive
families, in terms of both composition and cultural influence. The
course includes active learning experiences, small and large group
discussion, and integrative lectures by the instructor and guest
speakers. Students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking
skills as they evaluate the views, information, misinformation,
and “folk wisdom” that exist in contemporary society regarding
This course is offered concurrently with HPER F546, but the course
requirements are different for the two sections.