Contemporary society is characterised by rapid social and technological change, cultural diversity, conflicting values and competitive pressure. Yet in the midst of this we have one solid truth to which we cling as Christians – the unswerving faithfulness and unchanging character of our God. It is from the truth of the Scriptures that we critique and examine many of the secular ideas that underpin the secular concept of family and community, to encourage our students to come to a deeper understanding of the vital importance of the role of both the individual and the family unit, in weaving the very fabric of our society.
Community and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary course which draws upon family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and student’s life experience, to give a detailed study of human behaviour and societal interaction. The course has a strong focus on effective resource management that enables a person to function effectively in his/her everyday life, whilst acknowledging at all times that God calls us to live lives in fellowship and harmony with one another and with Him.
Students will begin with an exploration of the term ‘worldview’ and be challenged to think through what is a Christian worldview. Value clarification exercises and critical analysis of media and contemporary society, will be key components of this course. The dynamic nature of this course places importance on the skills of inquiry and investigation. Research therefore is an integral component to every unit. Students are required to develop and utilize skills in planning, recording, interpreting, analysing and synthesizing as they employ various research methodologies and finally complete an Independent Research Project (IRP).