Sociology | The Family
S316 | 3874 | Berkowitz


S316 The Family (3 CR)
3874 4:00-5:15      TR   BH304
Berkowitz
OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
THIS SECTION MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR CULTURAL STUDIES CREDIT

While most of us have had first-hand experience with family
life, rarely are we given an opportunity to go beyond this
personal experience to examine the family as a dynamic social
institution.  This course is designed to look at broader social
patterns and changes as they relate to families in contemporary
society.  Throughout the semester, we will explore the family's
evolution throughout history, how the individual functions
within the family and the influence of various economic,
political, and social factors as they relate to the family
unit.  In particular, we will emphasize race, class, and gender
variations as tools for developing a deep understanding of the
family.  The overarching goal of this course is to use
sociological insights to help us think critically about the
family as a part of our own lives and as part of the larger
society.