Feb 09, 2023  
2019-2020 Archived Catalog 
2019-2020 Archived Catalog

SOCY-193 Marriage and the Family

Credits 3 / 3 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into RDNG-030 (ACSR-030), completion of ELAP-110 with a minimum grade of 2.0, or successful completion of RDNG-016 or ACLT-074 with a minimum grade of 3.0. 
This course addresses the relationships of partners through courtships marriage and parenthood with emphasis on attitudes and social adjustments which make for successful marriage.

Course Outcomes


Explain Sociology and how sociologists study family


Discuss diverse definitions of family today and summarize the theoretical perspectives sociologists use to avoid bias when studying families.


Trace the history of the American family from the Colonial to the Post-modern era.


Discuss the diversity in Native American, African American, Latino, Asian and Immigrant families.


Explain the impact of social class position in American families.


Summarize gender socialization in family and its relationship to the educational and occupational segregation of men and women.


Analyze the diversity of sexual attitudes and changing behaviors in the United States.


Summarize the diverse variables that play a role in mate selection in the post-modern era.


Analyze current trends in marriage and cohabitation using the sociological themes of diversity, inequality and social change.


Analyze the social construction of parenting and childhood using the sociological themes of diversity, inequality and social change.


Discuss the dynamics of divorce and remarriage today and how both are creating diversity, inequality and social change.


Explain how the struggle to integrate work and family is creating changes in the structure and day-to-day operations of families. 


Discuss family violence focusing on intimate partner violence, child abuse and elder abuse.


Analyze the impact of the diverse social changes the family faces in the post-modern era.