KLAS1609 Family and Upbringing - Key Concepts and Approaches (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Educational Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The family and intimate relations, the family as a societal institution and system. Family processes, families and change, parenting and upbringing, cultural ideals, family theories and approaches, multi-informant perspective, and gender and generation.

Completion methods

Completion modes:
Participation in contact teaching and/or independent study, learning assignments and/or exam. Mode of completion to be specified in the Study Programme.

Assessment details

Assessment criteria: Active participation in teaching and completing and passing learning assignments/exam.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will
- have knowledge of the essential theories, concepts and research traditions used in understanding present-day family life, parenthood and upbringing
- be able to apply this knowledge in analysing family issues both in research and in various working life contexts
- be able to explicate and analyse changes related to family, parenthood and upbringing from multiple perspectives

Study materials

Study materials mentioned below and in the study programme.


  • Kuczynski, L. (Ed.). (2003). Handbook of dynamics in parent-child relations. Thousand Oaks, Calif. ; London: SAGE. [Parts I, II & II].
  • Gerson, K. (2010). The unfinished revolution: How a new generation is reshaping family, work, and gender in America. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kagitcibasi, C. (2007). Family, self and human development across cultures. Theory and applications. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Day, R. D. (2010). Introduction to family processes (5th ed ed.). New York: Routledge.<br /><br />OR
  • McKie, L., & Callan, S. (2012). Understanding families: A global introduction. London: Sage.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item