Sociology | Sociology of the Family
S316 | 20298 | McManus


OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR CULTURE STUDIES CREDIT

In this course we learn to think about families -- including our own
families -- in ways you never have before. We read a lot of
cutting-edge research that builds on the concept of family as a
dynamic social institution shaped by economic, political and cultural
forces in society. The principal goals of the course are (1) to
examine diversity in American family structure and American family
dynamics across race, class, ethnic and gender lines (2) to compare
American family patterns, practices, and social issues with those of
European nations (3) to sharpen critical thinking skills as we ask WHY
families exist, WHY families are so effective at affirming identity
and confirming inequality, and HOW we can account for diverse family
structures and behaviors. Course requirements include frequent written
responses to questions on the readings (40%), four quizzes (40%) and a
5-7 page paper analyzing your own family's social history.