SOC 204 - Sociology of the Family - WR
A sociological analysis of the family as a social institution: its origin, structure and variations; and patterns of intimate relationships. Examines family organization and disorganization through analysis of mate selection, sexuality, gender and family roles, marriage and divorce, parenthood, and the diversity of family composition. Investigates key concerns for contemporary American families including communication and power, the balance of work and family obligations, the impact of social change, and current social policy issues. Three class hours.
Prerequisite: SOC 101
Course Learning Outcomes
1.Describe the historical social trends of family organization.
2.Describe the contemporary social trends of family organization.
3.Apply micro level sociological perspectives to learn about the family system in the U.S.
4.Apply macro level sociological perspectives to learn about the family system in the U.S.
5.Evaluate the influence of demographic variables (such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) on variations in family experience in the U.S. today.
6.Analyze cultural representations of contemporary family using sociological research and methodologies.
7.Analyze the role of society in shaping family behavior patterns using sociological research and methodologies.
8.Utilize writing to communicate an understanding, application, analysis or evaluation of material covered in this course.
Course Offered Fall and Spring