Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family

  1. Module Title: Marriage & Family
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 320
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: 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.
  5. Student 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.

  6. Grading: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments (MCQ and Short Essay Question): 60%

    As part of your homework, you will be required to complete two assignments (30% each) based on the course notes and required textbook.

    Each assignment will consist of 60 questions of MCQ and/or fill in the blank.

    Assessment Criteria:

    • Assignment 1 will cover assessment criteria 1 – 2
    • Assignment 2 will cover assessment criteria 2 – 3

    Assignment (Essay) 40%

    Students will be required to submit one essay assignment. Students are allowed to choose one out of the two topics given

    This essay assignment will cover assessment criteria 1 to 3

    Guidelines for the Essay:

    • The assignment should be written in 1,500 words
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, and 1’’margins.
    • The answers must be structured in an essay format. A maximum of 20 marks will be deducted if you present your answers in bullet-point format.
    • The assignment should be proof-read for spelling and grammatical errors.
    • It is compulsory for students to uphold academic integrity by providing proper in-text citations and complete referencing. References must be provided using the APA guidelines (available online).


    Marking Rubric for the Essay/Project:


    Criteria Total Marks


    Content – subject knowledge, integration of knowledge from course and additional research materials


    Application / Critical Thinking – A) thoughtful and thorough application of knowledge, theory and research to analyze question / topic / case study and provide recommendations where necessary. B) critical evaluation of arguments from literature review and other referenced materials


    Organization and Language – coherent writing and good organization of essay components


    Referencing and Citations – all sources and works used must conform to the APA international standards of citations.



    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. 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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