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Sociology (SOC)

SOC 030 (GS) Sociology of the Family (3) Family structure and interaction; functions of the family as an institution; cross-cultural comparisons. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 030 or HD FS 129.

SOC 030 Sociology of the Family (3)
(GS)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Family, in all of its forms, is one of the most fundamental and enduring of social institutions. Because almost everyone grows up in a family, we are accustomed to thinking about the ways in which our values, personalities, and goals have been shaped by family experiences. In this course, however, we will examine families and family relationships from a sociological perspective. In particular, we will consider how our private, taken-for-granted family experiences are related to social factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, the economy, and cultural attitudes and values. Through this course, students will (1) gain a better understanding of current U.S. family patterns and trends, based on empirical research, (2) be able to analyze and interpret family patterns and trends using sociological concepts and theories, (3) evaluate family-related information from multiple perspectives, (4) develop a greater appreciation of the diversity and choices in family life today, and (5) clarify their own values with respect to marriage and family life.

The instructors encourage discussion and questions in all sections. Assessment is based on objective tests taken in class and writing assignments. These assignments may include library and Internet research, original empirical research, or a journal in which students describe their developing ideas about marriage and family life.

This course meets a general education requirement in the social and behavioral sciences.

 Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 030 or HD FS 129.


General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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