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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Consumer Affairs

Students in consumer affairs will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to make financial decisions appropriate for various stages of life cycle.
  2. Explain significant events in the history of the consumer movement.
  3. Describe consumer rights and responsibilities.
  4. Discuss the proxemic relationships of man with cultural contexts as related to urban issues.
  5. Use and evaluate selected sources of financial information appropriate for financial decision making.
  6. Identify laws, regulations, procedures, and appropriate agencies and organizations necessary to obtain consumer satisfaction in the resolution of consumer problems.
  7. Evaluate the effect of consumer laws, regulations and procedures on business, government, and the consumer.
  8. Explain the relationship between government, business, and the consumer in identifying and dealing with the consumer issues.
  9. Construct a plan for lifelong financial wellness.
  10. Evaluate the ways in which economic, sociological, and psychological aspects of housing impact the well-being of individuals and families.
  11. Describe personal financial concepts that include compounding, present value, future value, taxation, budgeting, investments, and estate planning.
  12. Evaluate specialized resources both public and private to aid the aging in specific activities available, employment, and personal financial management.
  13. Identify the means for keeping abreast of developments in consumer protection.
  14. Explain personal values and cultural norms related to space that shape individual and family choices of housing in the United States.
  15. Understand the dynamic relationship between individual investment choices and situational factors such as the economy, inflation, life cycle stage, and traits of the specific individual as investor,
  16. Develop skills and assemble resources related to assisting families in their financial management.