Marriage and Family
This course offers a study of the impact that social changes have had on gender roles, relationships, marriage and family life. Topics covered in the course include diversity in family patterns, gender roles, intimate behavior, mate selection, problems of marital adjustment, family stability and crisis, divorce and parenting.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Investigate the influence of personal biases in the study of marriage and family.
- Determine which sociological concepts and theories best explain family issues.
- Draw conclusions about family issues based on reliable scientific evidence.
- Identify family lifestyles within historical contexts.
- Identify the cultural and sub-cultural variations in family.
- Analyze change and/or cultural variation in mate selection.
- Determine the impact of social class on families.
- Relate research data to family issues.
- Explore key stages of the family life cycle.
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