Sociology | The Family
S316 | 4078 | Berkowitz
OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR CULTURE 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.