Sociology | The Family
S316 | 21015-21016 | McManus


OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR CULTURAL STUDIES CREDIT

Why do we join families?  Do family practices really differ across
racial/ethnic groups, and why is that surprising?  What are the
cultural, political, and economic origins of our taken-for-granted
practices and beliefs about family?  This course has three principal
goals:  (1) to examine diversity in American family structure and
American family dynamics across race, class ethnic, and gender lines,
(2) to compare American family patterns, practices, and social issues
with those of European nations, (3) to sharpen critical thinking
skills by scrutinizing the nature and quality of evidence offered in
support of different perspectives on family.  We read short selections
by dozens of in-depth family researchers, a couple of statistical
reports on interesting new trends in American families, and a book on
sibling inequalities within families.  Grading is based on journal
responses to the readings, four quizzes, and a 5-7 page paper
representing a sociological analysis of your own family.