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Child Development 154 (03)
Issues in Parenting

Fall, 2012

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Course Description

Survey of historical and contemporary attitudes toward parenting. Review of research on child-rearing and parent-child relationships. Use of case studies to explore the influence of personality, developmental stage, family structure, ethnic and cultural factors on parenting. Prerequisite: CHDV 30 or CHDV 35 or FACS 52 (or equivalent). This course is cross-listed in both FACS and CHDV. Only one may be counted for credit.

   Course Objectives
       Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • be able to describe, compare, and evaluate theories of parenting and socialization
  • show awareness of several major topics, issues, and current research in child-rearing and parenting
  • demonstrate skills needed to critically evaluate parenting research and resources for parents
  • develop interview skills as a means to understand parenting issues and variability in parent practice
  • explain the significance of the cultural and historical context of parenting
  • show competency related to internet access and evaluation of information sources
  • demonstrate awareness of practical applications of research and theory on parenting










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Class Meetings



        M/W  12:00 - 1:15 p.m.  
           Douglass Hall 207


         Tues: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
         W: 1:40 - 2:40 p.m.
          (or by appointment)








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Required Reading

Holden, G. (2010). Parenting: A dynamic perspective.  Sage
         Publishers. Available at the University Bookstore.


Additional supplementary readings are required, including a book for the book club discussions. These readings (and assignments are listed on course schedule.







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Required Assignments

The following assignments are required. Please click on the red links for detailed handouts for these assignments.  

1) Exams - There will be three non-cumulative exams, each covering roughly one-third of the course material. These exams will cover readings, lectures, class activities, and videos and include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. A study guide will be posted on the web page one week prior to each exam. Please bring a blue book (no scantron). Exam dates are listed on the course schedule.

2) Discussion Assignments Students are required to complete readings and written reflection questions and/or other activities in preparation for class discussions of contemporary parenting issues. These assignments will be listed on the course schedule with links to assignment handouts. Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day they are due to receive full credit and no credit will be given if a student misses the class discussion.

3) Parent Interview and Reflection An interview with a parent of a child between the ages of 2 15 years is required. The interview will concern issues related to the transition to parenthood, rewards/concerns of parents, context of parenting, parenting and development, and discipline/parenting strategies. Each interview will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour and should be transcribed. Students will complete reflection questions as part of the interview assignment. Interviews will serve as the basis for the final case study paper.

4) Case Study Paper A 6-8 page case study paper will integrate the parent interview with research and theory in parenting and parent-child relationships.







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Grades and Grading Policy

Grades are based on the percentage of points earned. Points are assigned in the following manner:




  Exams (3@ 50 points) - 50%

150 points

  Parent Interview /reflection- 10%

 30 points

  Discussion Questions/Book Club - 20%

 60 points

  Case Study paper - 20%

 60 points


300 points


Typically, 94% earns an 'A', 84% a 'B', and 74% a 'C'. Plus (+) and minus (-) grades will be determined by final class distribution of total points for each course.  I reserve the right to adjust this scale as needed, based on student performance.







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Additional Policies & Information  

  • Students are expected to practice academic honesty in completing assignments and cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Academic dishonesty may result in an F for the assignment and/or the course. 

  • Students are responsible for knowing when assignments are due.  All due dates are listed on the course schedule. Late assignments will not receive full credit. 5% of the total points possible will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.  

  • Please refrain from engaging in distracting activities during class time.  This includes cell phone use, talking with classmates, tardiness/leaving early, and/or use of laptops except for the purposes of taking class notes. 

  • There will be no extra credit offered in this course. Extra credit is not necessary to earn an A in the course.  

  • Incomplete ('I') grades are not assigned UNLESS there is a compelling reason to do so. An incomplete will be assigned ONLY upon consultation with instructor.

  • There are no scheduled make-up exams. If there is a scheduling problem, you must speak with me prior to the (day of the) exam. The only valid excuses for missing an exam are: (a) official University business, (b) illness, or (c) family emergency. All of these require documentation (e.g., letter from doctor) to be valid. 

Please note:

  • I wish to include persons with disability in this course. Please let me know ( if there are any accommodations I can make in curriculum, instruction, or assessment to facilitate your full participation. I will try to maintain confidentiality on this topic.

  • For free, one-on-one help with writing in this or any class, visit the University Reading and Writing Center in Calaveras 128. The Writing Center can help you at any stage in your reading and writing processes: coming up with a topic, developing and organizing a draft, understanding difficult texts, or developing strategies to become a better editor. To make an appointment or a series of appointments, visit the Reading and Writing Center in CLV 128 or call 278-6356. For current Writing Center hours and more information, visit the website at .




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California State University, Sacramento

College of Education

Child Development Program

Updated: August 20, 2012

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