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SOC 210: Sociology of the Family

Course Description

This course takes a look at marriage, family, and alternative life styles at the end of the twentieth century.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • SOC 101: Sociology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Different types of intimacy.
  2. Historical and contemporary perspectives on the family.
  3. Various family issues such as domestic violence, child abuse and divorce.
  4. How social, political, and economic forces affect diverse family systems and alternative lifestyles.
  5. Choice and change in modern human relationships.
  6. Diverse styles of marriage and families.
  7. 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

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-15)

25%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-15)

25%

Written Assignments (Weeks 6 & 12)

25%

Final Project (Week 15)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Seccombe, Karen. Exploring Marriages and Families. 2nd ed. Pearson, 2015. ISBN-13: 9780133807776

Course Schedule

Assignments are due by Sunday 11:59 pm EST each week.

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2

Topic: Why Study Families and Other Close Relationships?

  • Readings: Chapter 1
  • Send email to instructor confirming you read and understand syllabus
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions -Post one paragraph to introduce yourself to the class
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Begin work on the Final Project - due at the end of the course See Course Documents section in course for details

2

1,2

Topic: Social Status: Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class

  • Readings: Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

3

1,3

Topic: Building Relationships

  • Readings: Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

4

3,5

Topic: Love and Loving Relationships

  • Readings: Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

5

2,5

Topic: Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships

  • Readings: Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

6

5,6

Topics: Communication, Conflict, and Power in Our Relationships 

  • Readings: Chapter 6
  • Writing Assignment -
    Reminders: Refer to the Grading Rubric before starting this assignment. Deductions will be made on papers with multiple grammatical and/or spelling errors. Please proofread your assignments. This assignment should be linked to the texts and course materials.
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Submit Week 6 Writing Assignment
  • Continue working on the Final Project

7

3,6,7

Topic: Marriage

  • Readings: Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

8

6,7

Topic: Thinking about Parenthood

  • Readings: Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

9

3,4

Topic: Raising Children

  • Readings: Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

10

4,5

Topic: Families and the Work They Do

  • Readings: Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

11

5,7

Topic: Family Stress and Crisis: Violence among Intimates

  • Readings: Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

12

7

Topic: The Process of Divorce

  • Readings: Chapter 12
  • Writing Assignment -
    Reminders: Refer to the Grading Rubic before starting this assignment. Deductions will be made on papers with multiple grammatical and/or spelling errors. Please proofread your assignments. This assignment should be linked to the texts and course materials.
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Submit Writing Assignment

13

6,7

Topic: Family Life, Partnering and Remarriage after Divorce

  • Readings: Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

14

6,7

Topics: Families in Middle and Later Life

  • Readings: Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on the Final Project

15

3,4,7

Topics: Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish

  • Readings: Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions - Post your initial response to topic
  • Post responses to at least 3 other students
  • Complete Quiz
  • Submit Final Project (See Course Documents section in course for details)

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.

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