Sociology | The Family
S316 | 4077 | Saulsbury


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

This course will provide an overview of the family from a
sociological perspective.  The family is considered to be one of the
most private and pervasive social institutions in society.  All of
us have had contact with at least one family, and many of us will be
involved in several different families during our life time.  The
family also is undergoing numerous transformations.  To obtain a
better understanding of these changes, recent sociological research
and data on the family will be utilized in this course.  The course
is organized into multiple thematic sections.  After looking at the
historical origins of the family, we will turn our attention to the
contemporary family and its diversity.  First, we will examine
traditional marriage and alternative processes of mate selection and
family formation.  The next section of the course will focus on the
relationship between gender, power, and conflict.  In this section
we will examine domestic and family violence.  The second half of
the course will begin with an examination of children and parents,
including historical conceptions of childhood, parenting issues,
motherhood, fatherhood, teen pregnancy, birth control, and
abortion.  The last sections of the course will focus on divorce,
remarriage, families in poverty, and issues related to work, family,
and public policy.