Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family

  1. Module Title: Marriage & Family
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 320
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description:Marriages, Families, & Relationships adopts a developmental approach by looking at the interplay between findings in the social sciences and the experiences of the people around us. A balance of various theoretical perspectives along with many examples helps readers understand how people are influenced by the society around them, how social conditions change in ways that affect family life, the interplay between families and the larger society, and the family-related choices that individuals make throughout adulthood.Students will gain insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and family forms, and are encouraged to question assumptions and reconcile conflicting ideas and values as they make informed choices in their own lives.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
    1. People’s personal problems and their interaction with the social environment change, as they and their relationships and families grow older.
    2. People reexamining their relationships and their expectations for relationships as they and their marriages, relationships, and families mature.
    3. That because family forms are more flexible today, people may change the type or style of their relationships and families throughout their lives.
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams 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 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    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
    • Living Alone, Cohabiting, Same Sex Unions, & Other Intimate Relationship
    • 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


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