Introduction to Marriage and Family

  • Final
  • Sociology
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family
  • 3.0
  • Sociological analysis of family as an institution, including historical and recent changes, present nature and the socio-cultural and economic forces shaping these changes.

  • 130
  • May be titled as “Sociology of the Family” and “Family Sociology”.

  • Course will include:

    1. The Family in Historical Perspective
    2. Traditional family and changing family forms
    3. Gender roles and socialization
    4. Communication patterns
    5. Singlehood, Cohabitation and other non-marital options
    6. Families and work
    7. Family violence, crises and change
    8. Parents and children
    9. Raising children
    10. Aging and family life
    11. Future of the family


    Other topics may include:

    1. Dating and Mate Selection
    2. Cross-cultural comparisons
    3. Separation and divorce

  • N/A

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of major sociological theories to the social institution of the family
    • Identify and discuss the family from cross-cultural, historical, and political
    • Identify the intersection among race, ethnicity, class, immigration status, age, class, gender, and sexuality within the family
    • Identify and examine gender, age and socialization within the family
    • Identify and understand the various kinship and family arrangements
    • Describe and explain the basic dimensions of social inequality and social change

  • May include:
    Objective exams
    Written assignments
    Application exercises
    Research Project
    Field Journal
    Oral Presentations
    Reflection and discussion
    Small group activities
    Out-of-class activities

  • Benokraitis, Nijole. Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints
    Lauer and Lauer. Marriage and Family: The Quest for Intimacy
    Lamanna and Riedman. Marriages and Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society.
    Olson, DeFrain & Skogrand. Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity and Strengths
    Strong, DeVault & Cohen. The Marriage & Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society

  • sociology, family, marriage

  • September 09, 2010
  • March 03, 2015