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Media Representation of Family Paper Assignment
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Holster, Kristin. 2012. “Media Representation of Family Paper Assignment”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, July. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this paper assignment, students analyze the changing media representation of the family by comparing family focused sitcoms from two different decades. Students will incorporate elements from the content of the entire course by addressing questions related to changing definitions of family, family myths, various family forms, interpersonal...

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College 200
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. To help students recognize different family forms and appreciate that "the family" does not have just one definition.
  2. To help students understand the family from a historical, social, and interpersonal perspective.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. In a cumulative paper, students will demonstrate recognition of different family forms by discussing the various structures and types of family/families represented in their selected sitcoms.
  2. In a cumulative paper, students will demonstrate understanding by explaining how family structures vary between two decades as well as by discussing the importance of race, sex/gender, interpersonal relationships, and home/work balance within the family.

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