Study-abroad family dynamics class available this winter


NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Karen Walker, assistant professor of child and family studies in Northwestern State University’s School of Education will teach a class in London and Dublin that is open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Walker will be teaching Family Dynamics in Movies in London and Dublin Dec. 26-Jan. 8 through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), which has programs open to any undergraduate or graduate student in good academic and disciplinary standing. The class would be of interest to students in social work, criminal justice, child and family studies, nursing, counseling, education and other professions that work directly or indirectly with families.


The course will compare family dynamics in movies set in London and Dublin to real world situations.


“Love, marriage, parenting, relationships – we get them right… we get them wrong. Analyzing the motives of characters in movies will help you better understand the families you will work with in your future career,” Walker said. “Families are complex, and our changing society continues to add complications.”


Participants will uncover their own identities, beliefs, values, attitudes and assumptions about relationships and families.


“Studying abroad is the experience of a lifetime,” Walker said.  “Exploring new cities, different cultures, and expanding your world-view increases self-confidence and your chances of getting a job after graduation.”


To find out more about the course and CCSA visit


Contact Walker with questions at (318) 357-6065 or  She will be teaching this course again in Summer 2020 at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.