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SOC 208
Sociology of Intimate and Family Relations


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences] [Diversity]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Provides a sociological understanding of the processes involved in family relations, household life and structures, and family problems. Emphasizes historical formations, social influences, and the diversity of families in the United States. Explores myths about family forms and features; the role of gender; divisions of labor within household; historical shifts; family privacy and government interventions; stereotypes; and the effect of social, economic, and political forces on the family. Also addresses the broader issues in the sociology of intimate relations beyond conventional marriages and families. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. [SS][D]

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Discuss how family is changing in the United States from a historical and sociological perspective.
  • Explain how the family is affected by diversity.
  • Explain how differences and inequalities of gender, race, class, and sexuality can shape the experiences of family and family life.
  • Develop an understanding on the processes involved in courtship, dating, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce.
  • Discuss how other social institutions, like the economy, government, and workplaces, influence individuals and families.
  • Gain perspective on human sexuality; gender differences between male and female.
  • Describe the various stages on family planning, pregnancy, challenges of parenthood, and the family stages of life.

  • Course Topics
  • Qualities of strong and resilient families based on building successful relationships and making sound decisions.
  • Explores how family is the basic unit of human organizations; providing structure and function, with our shared commonality and uniqueness, from a cross-cultural perspective.
  • The foundation blocks of intimate relationships; commitment, growth orientation, communication, and conflict resolution are identified.
  • The role of our sex and gender system and the impact this system has on families in the United States and around the world is investigated.
  • Dating, mate selection, marriage, family planning and the challenges of parenthood are explored from a sociological perspective.
  • A look at the family life stages ranging from middle age, retirement, and widowhood is analyzed.
  • The impact of economic factors, family crisis, the dissolution of marriage, and remarriage is assessed in the United States.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    SOC 208
    Winter 2014
    5797
    Curtis Phillips
    SOC 208
    Winter 2013
    5797
    Curtis Phillips
    SOC 208
    Winter 2012
    5797
    Curtis Phillips
    SOC 208
    Spring 2011
    6875
    DEVON GUSTAFSON
    SOC 208
    Spring 2011
    9678
    Dan Ferguson


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
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    X
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.