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SOCY 2450 - Marriage & the Family

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: None

A sociological analysis of the institutional aspects of marriage and family living, including: a comparative and historical treatment of the family; an investigation of the changes in the contemporary American family structure, functions, and roles, a discussion of contemporary family problems.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge of key sociological concepts utilized in the study of Marriage and Family.

Objectives:

  1. Using the structural functional theory, explain the relationship between family and larger society.
  2. Using the ecological theory, explain the relationship and adaptation of families to their physical environment.
  3. Using the conflict perspective, discuss widespread family problems.
  4. Using feminist theories, explain sex and gender as socially constructed categories that include gender roles (how one should behave) within families.
  5. Using the symbolic interactionist perspective, explain interpersonal meanings and the way we interact within families.

Outcome 2:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge of the scientific method.

Objectives:

  1. Define the scientific method.
  2. List the steps of the research model.

Outcome 3:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge of the use of interpersonal skills and conflict resolution.

Objectives:

  1. List communication goals.
  2. Identify and explain sex differences in communication.
  3. Describe / list communication problems.
  4. Explain what couples fight about.
  5. List productive communication patterns.
  6. Recognize unhealthy relationships

Outcome 4:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge of the structure and function of the family in a variety of cultures.

Objectives:

  1. Explain the structure of African‐American families.
    1. Explain the impact of the economy.
    2. Discuss intergenerational families.
    3. Identify the impact of health.
  2. Explain the structure of Native American families.
    1. Explain the impact of the economy.
    2. Discuss intergenerational families.
    3. Identify the impact of health.
  3. Explain the structure of La៝tino families.
    1. Explain the impact of the economy.
    2. Discuss intergenera៝tional families. Iden៝tify the impact of health
    3. Explain the structure of Asian‐American families
    1. Explain the impact of the economy.
    2. Discuss intergenera៝tional families.
    3. Iden៝tify the impact of health
    4. Explain how Aging affects families

Outcome 5:

Upon comple៝tion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge of changing parental roles.

Objectives:

  1. Iden៝tify how infants affect parents.
  2. List contemporary paren៝ting roles.
  3. List eight paren៝ting styles.
  4. List the factors of children at risk.
  5. Explain the intersec៝tion of social class and paren៝ting approaches.
  6. Explain the impact of historical attitudes on present day family issues

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE

  1. Families and the Sociological Imagination
  2. Families Throughout the World
  3. Families Throughout History
  4. Sex, Gender, and Families
  5. Social Stratification, Social Class & Families
  6. Race, Ethnicity, and Families
  7. Courtship, Intimacy, and Partnering
  8. Marriage as a Personal Relationship & Social Institution
  9. Becoming a Parent
  10. Raising Children
  11. Families and the Work They Do
  12. Aging Families
  13. Violence and Abuse
  14. Divorce, Repartnering, and Remarriage
  15. Summing Up Families and the Sociological Imagination

Primary Faculty
Gerus, Kathleen
Secondary Faculty
Dyer, Brigit
Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Dean
Pritchett, Marie



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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