This course will focus on marriage, family, and alternative life styles at the end of the twenty-first century. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- SOC 101: Sociology
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Different types of intimacy.
- Historical and contemporary perspectives on the family.
- Various family issues such as domestic violence, child abuse and divorce.
- How social, political, and economic forces affect diverse family systems and alternative lifestyles.
- Choice and change in modern human relationships.
- Diverse styles of marriage and families.
- Family, the economy and social problems of the family.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-15)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-15)
Written Assignments (Weeks 6 & 12)
Final Project (Week 15)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Seccombe, Karen. Exploring Marriages and Families. 3rd ed. Vitalsource Rentals, 2018. [e-Book version]
Assignments are due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST each week.
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
Topic: Why Study Families and Other Close Relationships?
Topic: Social Status: Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Topic: Building Relationships
Topic: Love and Loving Relationships
Topic: Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships
Topics: Communication, Conflict, and Power in Our Relationships
Topic: Thinking about Parenthood
Topic: Raising Children
Topic: Families and the Work They Do
Topic: Family Stress and Crisis: Violence among Intimates
Topic: The Process of Divorce
Topic: Family Life, Partnering and Remarriage after Divorce
Topics: Families in Middle and Later Life
Topics: Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.