Sociology | The Family
S316 | 3624 | Menning


S316 The Family     Menning   11:15-12:30 MW 3624
OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR CULTURAL STUDIES CREDIT

While most of us have families and may have specific ideas about
what constitutes a "good" family, few of us really have a grasp
of how our own experiences fit into a larger scheme.  Are your
family experiences "typical?"  How do family experiences shape
what becomes of us in a broader social context?  In this section
of sociology of the family, we explore the myriad ways we create
families and the dynamic nature of how we define what family is
and should be.  We'll also study the interplay of forces among
family, race, class, and gender.

Specific topics include: how family is defined now; historical
changes in the family; gender and power in intimate
relationships; the roles of motherhood and fatherhood; divorce,
remarriage, and blended families; families and work; and families
and poverty.