SOC 251 : Sociology of the Family

This course explores the various forms of contemporary family constructs with an emphasis on the social forces that impact family life. Micro-level psycho-social issues include sexual identity and orientation, courtship patterns, mate selection, role expectations and family planning practices. Macro-level socio-political economic factors include economic transformations, contemporary employment patterns, variation in family structures, childcare and childbearing issues, elder family member issues, and domestic violence. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring, Summer


A passing score on the college's reading and writing placement tests or a C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092

  1. Upon completion of this course, students will:
  2. Develop a historical and cross-cultural analysis of contemporary family structures.
  3. Examine the intersection of race, age, social class, gender, and sexual orientation on family life and roles.
  4. Identify significant stages and processes in the family life cycle.
  5. Critically analyze the social, economic and policy factors that shape family systems.





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