Postmodernism discussion psychology homework help

An Introduction to Postmodernism

This week you will learn about the foundations of Postmodernism, a philosophical movement originated in the late 20th century that influenced artistic expressions, literary criticism, education, and architecture. Its distinct ideas summarized by a French philosopher François Lyotard as “incredulity towards metanarratives” conveys the attitude of relativism embraced by postmodern thinkers. This week you will explore how these ideas contributed to the development of specific theories in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Be sure to carefully review this Week’s resources.  You will be expected to apply the information from these resources when completing your assignment.

Books and Resources for this Week:

Reference Instruction
Gehart, D. R. (2014) Mastering competencies in family therapy

Read Chapter 3, pages 44-54

Reference Instruction
Shawver, L. (2001). If Wittgentsein and Lyotard could talk with Jack and Jill: Towards postmodern family therapy.


Read Article

Reference Instruction
Hurd, R. W. (1998) Postmodernism.

Read Article

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) The Limits of Language

Watch Video

Reference Instruction
PowerPoint – Chapter 3 Phil Foundations MCFT

Chapter 3 Phil Foundations MCFT.pptx

View PowerPoint

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After reading through the materials and watching the video, please respond to the following discussion questions.

  1. Based on what is discussed in the learning materials, define and discuss at least five key presuppositions of postmodernism. How do these presuppositions apply to marriage and family therapy? What is the relationship between systems theories and postmodernism?
  2. What do you find very clear and compelling in the ideas of postmodernism?
  3. What do you find confusing in the ideas of postmodernism?
  4. Post any specific questions you have regarding the connections between postmodernism and MFT.

Length: 250-350 words

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

Post your discussion in the discussion field below.

Learning Outcomes

1.0   Synthesize the principles of the postmodern and social constructionism philosophies.

2.0   Evaluate the application of the postmodern and social constructionism philosophies to models used in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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