YFM4110EN - Diversity in the Lives of Young Children & Families

Course description

In this course, Missional students will take a look at cultural diversity in the daily life and beliefs in families with young children. Various readings, discussions, videos, guest lectures, observations and reflective writing exercises will be utilized to assist future social science professionals in understanding and developing the personal and relational skills necessary to be active, transformative leaders. Missional students will learn key concepts, ethics, behaviors and competencies related to social work/social science professions and this course will also encourage Missional students to explore their own identity as a leader and professional in the social science field.

How this course benefits students

This course will provided imperative elements that are vital for understanding cultural competence necessary to build strong relationships with young children and families from a variety of cultural and linguistic/ communication backgrounds. Missional Students will also study contemporary issues and trends that are impacting young children and families.

Why this course is important

This course is valuable because it sets the tone for social science professionals to know their role when providing services for young children and their families. This course also teaches how to provide services in an ethical and proper manner.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Youth & Family
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Winnie Nkhoma, Professor of Youth & Family Services

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course has biblical foundations that support the need for assisting social science professionals in honing in on their personal and relational skills that are necessary for interacting with and providing services for young children and families, from a spiritual perspective (striving to keep families together).

Missionally driven

This course is missional because of the emphasis on providing services beyond the scope of the traditional church setting.

Contextually informed

This course is contextual due to dealing with the needs and issues young children and their families face within their environment. This course has practical application within society.

Interculturally focused

This course is Intercultural because it is designed to equip Missional student to be able to minister to and work with all types of young children and their families from various cultural backgrounds.

Practically minded

This course has practical application within society.

Experientially transformed

This course is also experiential because of its ability to provide a knowledge base for Missional Students to comprehend the plight that young children and families have to deal with in their environment.