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Teachings about Families from Gender and Intergeneration Perspective
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Dauber-Griffin, Andrea. 2012. “Teachings about Families from Gender and Intergeneration Perspective”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This class is designed for undergraduate students of Sociology. It serves as an introduction into family sociology and enables students to study families without falling back on their own preconceived notions. The sociological concept of family is approached from two perspectives: the gender perspective and the intergeneration perspective. When studying...

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Class Activity
Class Level(s):
College 200
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Usage Notes

The class activity can be incorporated into the discussion of the reading assignments. The collection of the three characteristics from each student should be conducted at the beginning of the second session. The reading assignment for this session must be kept a little shorter because collecting the characteristics and grouping them to present them to...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will think critically about the ideas they have about families.
  2. Students will understand the concepts of generation and gender.
  3. Students will understand how to incorporate the sociological concepts of generation and gender into studying families.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students are asked to write down 3 characteristics which they find imperative for the constitution of a family. These characteristics will then be discussed in class and students must write a summary of that discussion.
  2. Students will be given a quiz on the theoretical literature on generation and gender.
  3. Students must give their written opinion to questions, e.g. "Would you consider a lesbian couple living with a child a family?". This question touches on the gender dimension and forces students to reflect on the role of gender within the family unit.

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