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Marriage and Family
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Day, Maureen. 2015. “Marriage and Family”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, October. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This course will analyze the institutions of marriage and family from a sociological perspective. The course proceeds in four major parts: 1.) Socio-historical overview; 2.) identities and ideologies that shape and are shaped by our beliefs and practices surrounding marriage and family; 3.) life cycle issues as they relate to marriage and family; and 4.)...

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College 400
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Where the course "fits"
This Marriage and Family course is an advanced undergraduate course in that it entails much more reading than an introductory course often requires and it emphasizes theory and critical analysis. Readings could be reduced and assignments simplified to make this into an introductory-level course.
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. To critically engage theory in order to better understand contemporary issues in marriage and family life.
  2. To articulate a thoughtful, reflexive position on family issues.
  3. To bring relevant sociological tools, theories and methods to contemporary issues within marriage and family and clearly convey these findings to others.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Analysis papers (2): Define a concept, critique a concept, apply your improved concept.
  2. Debate: Use a one-page summary to debate the merits and shortcomings of a topic.
  3. Application Project: Present an issue to the class and discuss the findings or theories in the readings that reinforced or changed your opinion on an issue.

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