Sociology | Community Problems and Outreach
S105 | 27129 | Warner

4:00PM-5:15 PM	MW	WY 101


This course will focus on the family from a sociological
perspective. We will begin with a brief introduction to the study of
families by discussing the definition of family and the role that
society plays in shaping family norms. We will then turn to an
exploration of three social problems related to family life:
poverty, same-sex marriage, and domestic abuse. We will use both
academic materials and community service experiences to inform our
discussion of the nature, causes, and consequences of these issues.
A primary goal of this course will be to use academic inquiry and
volunteer work to move beyond our individual experiences with
families to develop an understanding of the family as a dynamic
social institution.

Required texts:
1. Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform 
Sharon Hays, 2004
2. From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage, and Family in
Lesbian and Gay Relationships  Gretchen Stiers, 2000
3. "Not to People Like Us": Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages 
Susan Weitzman, 2001