Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family


The family is a crucial social institution that has changed in many ways over the last century. Marriages Families and Relationships offers an insightful perspective on the diversity of modern society which includes ethnic traditions and family forms. The course covers insightful perspectives on the diversity of modern society including different ethnic traditions and family forms.It also discusses multiple theoretical perspective in relation to social change (e.g. family ecology, structure functional, interaction constructionist, family systems, biosocial, and child rearing practices), emphasizing social structure and the importance of individual agency, choice, and decision making.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1.Apply sociological theories of the various issues affecting marriage and family both historically and in contemporary American society. 1.1  Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between theories and research methods used in the scientific study of marriage and family.

1.2  Identify current research methods that are utilized for the investigation of issues affecting marriage and family and ethical principles associated with scientific research.

1.3  Understand how theory focuses on how economic, educational, religious, and cultural institutions as well as historical circumstances affect family life.

2. Understand the origin and forms of various issues involving marriage and family. 1.1  Explained ways that gendered attitudes and norms are socialized and internalized and understanding of sexuality over historical periods.

1.2  Identify and evaluate issues of family conflict, divorce, and remarriage

1.3  Describe trends leading to the decline in marriage rates and changes in the family household, including single parenting, blended families, and lesbian and gay families.

1.4  Describe the various options and circumstances regarding deciding about parenthood e.g. having only one child or having children at a younger or older age.

3. Identify changes that occur after marriage, including legal, personal, friendship, marital, parents, in-laws, money changes and aging. 3.1  People reexamining their relationships and their expectations for relationships as they and their marriages, relationships, and families mature.

3.2  The different family roles and division of labor and social and personal power.

3.3  Describe the economic, social, and emotional consequences of divorce for women, men and children.

3.4  Explain the cost and benefits of caring for an elderly family member.


Course Outline

  • Making Family Choices in a Changing Society
  • Exploring Relationships & Families
  • Our Gendered Identities
  • Our Sexual Selves
  • Love & Choosing a Life Partner
  • Nonmarital Lifestyles: Living Alone, Cohabiting & Other Options
  • Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship
  • Deciding about Parenthood
  • Raising Children in a Diverse Society
  • Work & Family
  • Communication in Relationships, Marriages & Families
  • Power & Violence in Families
  • Family Stress, Crisis, and Resilience
  • Divorce & Relationship Dissolution
  • Remarriages & Stepfamilies
  • Aging & Multigenerational Families


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