Sociology | The Family
S316 | 3673 | Robert Carini


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Most of us have had first-hand experiences with family life.  In this
course, we go beyond personal experience by critically examining the
family as a dynamic social institution.  We explore definitions of the
family, functions of the family, and changes in the American family
over time.  We identify and analyze the economic, cultural, political,
and technological forces that shape the family.  Finally, we speculate
as to future developments.  Much of what we will learn challenges
prominent cultural myths about the American family.

Specifically, we address the following topics: historical trends in
marriage, divorce, and remarriage, parenthood, how family structure
affects children, division of labor in households, and alternative
familial arrangements.  Occasionally, we adopt a cross-cultural
perspective to bring these topics into sharp relief.