Dec 07, 2022
SOC 221W - Marriage and FamilyCredits: 3
Studies the family as an institution in society. Encompasses aspects of historical and cross societal evidence of this institution as well as contemporary American pairing and child rearing practices with a broad research approach.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 211W or SOC 231W with a "C" or better. READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3 or permission of instructor.
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Social Science
Outcomes and Objectives
- Apply the sociological perspective to the study of the social institution of marriage and the family (kinship).
- Demonstrate an understanding of the utility of social science methods (such as survey, experiment and ethnography) for understanding marriage and the family.
- Apply the basic sociological theories to the study of marriage and the family (for example, functional, conflict, symbolic interaction and exchange theory).
- Identify the changes which have taken place in this institution over time, especially since the industrial revolution, including higher divorce rates, lower birth rates and the growth of single-parent families, blended families, step-parenting and "serial monogamy."
- Compare the institution of marriage and the family in our society with other societies both past and present (including such family forms as polygamy, monogamy, extended and nuclear).
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social forces that affect the family in today's society.
- Demonstrate an understanding of sexuality and the role of reproduction within the social context.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the changes that are likely to occur in one’s primary groups over the life course including the transition from single to married life, becoming a parent and adjusting to advancing age.
- Apply the insights gained from the sociological study of marriage and the family to her or his personal life.
- Demonstrate a understanding of the impact of social forces on individuals’ decisions such as mate selection, love and emotional fulfillment and reproduction.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of societal changes on individual families.
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the obstacles and problems one is likely to encounter in seeking family stability and emotional fulfillment in primary groups in contemporary society.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of parenting in our society.
- Use writing tasks to promote learning.
- Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
- Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.
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