SOCI1350 Sociology of Marriage and Family

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 5 and 7 - History/Social, Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity. This course analyzes Marriage and Family from a sociological perspective. The course examines how historical changes, social contexts, economics, gender roles, and social policies affect how we form and maintain families. Marriage and family are looked at from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Throughout the course, students will look carefully at variations in family structures and experiences across race, class, gender, age, and sexuality.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze an understanding of a variety of sociological theories of marriage and family and their application to current trends and events.
  • Identify research methods used by sociologists to study marriage and family.
  • Examine historical changes in the institutions of marriage and family.
  • Analyze the role of love and intimate relationships in society.
  • Analyze the impact of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation on family dynamics.
  • Examine child-rearing practices and parenting trends.
  • Examine the dynamics of power, violence, and abuse within intimate and family relationships.
  • Analyze the effect of social policies on marriage and family.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other