AbstractOne of the first tasks in a sociology class on family is to help students to define the concept of the family. Instructors often work to complicate the meaning of family, challenge normative definitions, and assist students in thinking through the importance of this definition. In this activity, students will use case studies to explore these issues.
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- College 100
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Learning Goals and Assessments
- Goal 1: Students will be able to challenge normative definitions of the family.
- Goal 2: Identify the various institutions and social groups that define families currently and evaluate how family groups are impacted by these definitions.
- Goal 3: Reflect on the importance of defining families and the barriers faced by social groups who do not meet societal definitions of family
- Assessment 1: Through discussion of case studies, students will identify social groups that consider themselves family, yet do not fall into many definitions..
- Assessment 2: Students will create a list of scenarios in which the definition of family is important. They will then identify which institutions have the power to create the definition in each scenario.
- Assessment 3: Through small group and class conversations, students will identify how social groups in the case study do or do not have access to resources based on normative definitions of families.