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Consumer Affairs

College of Health and Human Services

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Consumer Affairs - CAFF Courses


223. Personal and Family Financial Management (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Foundation courses.
A functional approach to personal finance including budget systems, consumer credit, insurance, debt collection system, status obligation, accumulating reserves. Applicable for personal and professional use.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

226. Consumer Life Skills (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the G.E. Foundation courses.
Consumer life skills with an emphasis on practical applications in the marketplace. Includes the history of the consumer movement, consumer rights and responsibilities, financial wellness, consumer debt, consumer behavior, fraud, and consumer redress.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

228. Housing in Global Perspective (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation courses.
Family housing options and choices in urban and rural areas throughout the world viewed within the context of history, politics, culture, art, environment, geography, technology and economics.
(Lecture-discussion, 3 hours).


309I. The Consumer in the Legal and Economic Environment (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation courses; completion of one or more Exploration courses; upper division standing.
Incorporates an integrated coverage of the economic, legal, ethical and regulatory environment of consumers in avoiding and resolving disputes regarding fraudulent transactions, financial matters, personal and real property contracts, torts, credit and investment issues, and family relationships. Team taught.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours) Same course as FIN 309I. Not open for credit to students with credit in FIN 309I.

321I. Family and Consumer Resource Management (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper division standing.
Basic management principles applied to personal and family settings. Examines role of values, goal formation, decision-making, planning, implementing, and evaluation of managerial behavior in diverse family and cultural settings.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

322. Family Housing and the Urban Community (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.
Critical analysis of family housing in urban community including aspects of shelter, city and service providers. Sociological, psychological, legislative, economic and technical factors investigated. Special attention given to families of various structures and socioeconomic background.
(Discussion 3 hours)

388I. Technological Literacy (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, upper division standing, ENGL 100.
Exploration of technological concepts and their impact on individuals, society and culture. Technology as a human adaptive system and its relationship to sociological and ideological systems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion 3 hours.)

420. Personal Finance for the Aging (3)

Prerequisites: 400-level course in Consumer Affairs or consent of instructor.
Personal finance as applied to the aging population.
Same course as GERN 420. Not open for credit to students with credit in GERN 420. (Lecture-discussion 3 hrs)

422. Housing Policies: Public and Private (3)

Prerequisites: CAFF 322, upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Federal, state, and local policies, programs and legislation concerning housing and urban development. Analysis of the housing industry and its influence on the consumer market.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion 3 hours)

424. Independent Living for Disabled and Elderly Persons (3)

Prerequisite: CAFF 321I or 322 or GERN 400I or consent of instructor.
Independent living concepts related to physically and/or functionally disabled adults. Personal, environmental and programmatic responses to disability and aging.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as GERN 424. Not open for credit to students with credit in GERN 424. (Lecture-Activity 3 hours)

425. Personal Financial Planning Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: CAFF 223 or consent of instructor.
Analysis and protection of personal and family resources; planning and forecasting goals; development of financial strategies utilizing insurance, investment, tax management, pensions, wills and trusts.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

426. Family Financial Problems (3)

Prerequisite: CAFF 223 or consent of instructor.
Theory and practice in the diagnosis of family financial crises; selecting alternative solutions; constructing practical methods for the prevention of family financial problems.
(Discussion 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours)

429. Consumer Protection (3)

Prerequisites: Upper Division course in consumer affairs or consent of instructor.
Concepts of consumer protection with analysis of a myriad of resources available for individuals and families with consumer problems.
(Seminar 3 hours)

492C. Internship in Consumer Affairs (3)

Prerequisites: Student must be a Family and Consumer Sciences: Consumer Affairs major; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of a faculty advisor in Consumer Affairs; and CAFF 226, 321I, 422, 425, 429, or consent of instructor. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a “C” may proceed with other courses with approval of the Area Coordinator.
Field experience in which student assumes a preprofessional role in a professional setting. Objectives developed by student with supervisor must be approved by major advisor and form the basis for evaluation.
May be repeated for 6 units maximum. (Seminar 3 hours)