University of Manitoba

Department of Family Social Sciences
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Focusing on issues that influence health and well-being over the life course, the program in Family Social Sciences provides a strong research foundation in family psychosocial health. We offer an innovative interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methods from anthropology, community health sciences, economics, epidemiology, gender studies, psychology, public health and sociology in the study of individual, family, and community issues.We take a culturally-sensitive approach that emphasizes the value of prevention. Students are provided with a wide variety of opportunities to study key issues in human and family development across all ages, both locally and globally. Research skills and methodology are important components of our program.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Caroline C. Piotrowski
Department Emphasis
  • 25% Developmenta
  • Health
  • 25% Social Development
  • 25% Family Violence
  • 25% Family Resource Management
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
Department Address

Room 204 Human Ecology Building
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Social Sciences
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Human Development in the Family
  • Family Issues Across the Lifespan
  • Family Management Principles
  • Introduction to Social Development
  • Development, Conflict & Displacement
  • Social Development Theories
  • Social Development Policies
  • Family Financial Health
  • Multicultural Family Issues
  • Foundations of Childhood Developmental Health
  • Family Violence
  • Death & the Family
  • Families in Later Years
  • Parenting & Developmental Health
  • Families as Consumers
  • Aging and Risk in a Global Context
  • Family Economics: Poverty & Wealth
  • Adolescents in Families & Societies
  • Introduction to the Development of Programs for Children & Families
  • Introduction to the Evaluation of Programs for Children & Families
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Conflict Resolution in the Family
  • Field Experience
  • Management of Family Stress
  • Work & Family Issues
  • Children, Violence & Rights
  • Children in Adversity
  • Family Violence Prevention
  • Senior Thesis
Undergrad Comments

Undergraduates can specialize in one or a combination of any of five unique options, including: Family Violence, Child & Youth Developmental Health, Aging and Developmental Health, Social Development or Family Economic Health. This is a 4-year program that equips graduates with expertise in program planning and evaluation, and offers practicum opportunities in senior year for local or global field experience. A senior thesis opportunity provides excellent preparation for graduate school. 

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Caroline Piotrowski
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Social Sciences Seminar I & II
  • Evaluation of Family, Health and Social Development Programs
  • Globalization, Families & Communities
  • Social Development in Theory & Practice
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Family Violence
  • Children & Violence
  • Aging & Families
  • Conflict & Mediation in Families
  • Management of Family Stress
  • Work & Family Interrelationships
  • Independent Study
  • Special Topics in Family Social Sciences
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Applied Health Sciences
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Individual Interdisciplinary Program
Doctoral Comments

Students with a completed thesis-based Master's degree are eligible for these doctoral programs. Application is available online on the Faculty of Graduate Studies University of Manitoba website. 

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.