Instructions for “Pastoral Couples’ Family Life Challenges and Possible Interventions”
I. This Capstone Project will be an original research applicable to my vocational career, which is Family Life Education in a ministerial setting. This will be my opportunity to apply the learned skills on all previous courses on the Master of Family Life Education program, which are uploaded as additional materials for your information in the file named “Courses Descriptions of the Master of Family Life Education Program”.
II. Although this capstone project will be just one paper, it will be divided in two separated parts, which the first one been an outline of the project and the other the real project in reference. I will need to see that outline first to have it approved by my professor.
III. Uploaded on additional material is also a sample capstone project in another subject as a model for the writer to have an idea of what is expected on this job.
IV. A bibliography of the subject will be expected, which will be in general, and a list of cited works are needed, which are different from one another, as exemplified in the sample. There is no requirement for annexes but it is doable if needed.
V. The outline of the project will be counted as part of the paper’s ordered pages but I will need this outline first for approval from my professor before the paper is completed.
Courses Descriptions of the Master of Family Life Education Program
FL 701  Family Life Education Methodology—A study of the philosophy and principles of family life education and methods for planning, implementing, and evaluating activities to fulfill its goals; how to establish educational goals, select materials and activities, evaluate outcomes, and implement programs that are sensitive to community concerns and values and bring benefits appropriate to the community being served.
FL 702  Sociology of the Family—A study of the origin and development of the family as a social institution and its variations of structure, function, and culture; the relationship of the family to the economic, political, religious, and educational institutions in American society; dating, courtship, marital choice, and work-family relationships; present and future demographic trends, gender roles, and culture-related influences affecting the nature of family living.
FL 703  Family Resource Management—A study of the management of human and material resources designed to develop competence with and responsibility for goods and services available to a family in contemporary society; recognition of types of resources, processes for planning and implementing wise management; principles and skills for evaluating family resources, setting goals, decision-making, and implementing plans to fulfill the goals. The course examines general principles and allows selective application to one’s own situation.
FL 704  Human Sexuality—An overview of the basics of sexual physiology, development, behavior, values, human sexual response, dysfunction, sexual abuse and violence, family planning, variations of sexual behavior, theories of sexual orientation, and the role of a family life educator in sex education.
FL 705  Parenting in a Religious Environment—An examination of theoretical approaches to teaching, guiding, and influencing children and adolescents; the efficacy of major theories when put into practice by contemporary parents; beliefs and practices globally and historically; adjustments of parental style associated with individual differences and life-cycle status; appropriate opportunity to apply learning to personally relevant situations.
FL 706  Human Development: Birth to Adulthood—A study of physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral/spiritual, and personality factors as they influence development through the stages of prenatal, infancy, early and middle childhood, and adolescence; seminal theorists with alternate perspectives; and practical application for helping parents more effectively relate to and care for other family members.
FL 707  Human Development: Aging and Elder Care—A study of physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral/spiritual, and personality factors as they influence development over the course of adult years, through the aging process, and death; the changing role of parents in relationship with adult children; the complex of factors confronting children when they provide care for aging parents.
FL 708  Marital Counseling and Enrichment—A survey of marital counseling and enrichment theory and practice; contemporary trends in American culture; pre-marital counseling; crisis management and conflict management in marriage; marital distress and divorce; gender roles in the family; and family dynamics including the effects of the marital relationship on children.
FL 709  Professional Ethics—An exploration of the issues, standards, and tensions that exist within professional ethics, personal morals, the social structure, and government; the ethical issues unique to or faced in common among professions; investigation of ethical issues within student’s own profession; the relationships and tensions among personal morals, belief systems, professional ethics, and the structures, norms, and laws of one’s own society. (Concurrent with OL 708.)
FL 710  Family Law and Public Policy—A study of how local, state, and federal law and public policy affect the family structure and way of life; an overview of the historical development of law and public policies related to families.