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Fall 2021

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SOC103 - Marriage and the Family

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines patterns of marriage, family, and intimate relationships from a variety of perspectives. Emphasizes functions and alternative structures of American marriage and family patterns. Explores problems and potential adjustments confronting marriage and family within the context of social change. Prerequisite: SOC101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Identify the structural and culture forces that influence life choices.
2. Explain how the statistical concepts of validity and reliability can be affected by various factors (sampling practices, use of control groups, sources of bias, etc.).
3. Compare and contrast gender role development theories.
4. Compare and contrast the social, psychological, and physiological ways in which love develops.
5. Explain the functions of contemporary dating in the Unites States.
6. Explain the forces (social, economic, political, cultural and technological) that influence family relations.
7. Apply at least one theoretical perspective (functionalism, conflict and symbolic interaction) to marriage and family.
8. Analyze how race, class and gender affect family structures.
9. Identify the key components of effective communication.
10. Analyze how social-historical events influence marriage and family.


Effective Term: Fall 2019