NWCCD 2017-18 Catalog 
    Aug 19, 2022  
NWCCD 2017-18 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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SOC 2325 - Marriage & Family

This course is the sociological study of the pair, bonding or mate selection process, of marriage and of family relationships. This course explores topics of dating, engagement, cohabitation, marriage, family conflict, divorce and remarriage, including heterosexual and same gender perspectives, as well as the introduction of children into the family.  The focus is on contemporary American society, however a comparative analysis of the varied diverse cultural and global perspectives of marriage and family. Historical inquiries and current trends are examined and a review of the demonstrated changes which have transpired regarding marriage and family from past to present are conducted.

PSYC 1000 General Psychology or SOC 1000 Sociological Principles

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of SOC 2325 Marriage and Family, the student will be able to:

  • Examine the pair, bonding or mate selection process of marriage and family relationships.
  • Explore dating, engagement, cohabitation, marriage, divorce and remarriage.
  • Identify whether or not marriage and family are private or public issues.
  • Investigate heterosexual and same gender perspectives as they relate to cultural expectations and pressures.
  • Evaluate gender socialization and gender norms as they relate to marriage, family and the introduction of children into the family.
  • Identify current social research and methodologies utilized for the investigation of issues affecting a wide range of marriage and family topics.
  • Contrast historical and contemporary information regarding a wide range of marriage and family topics.
  • Describe the complexity of social relationships, family conflict, divorce and remarriage.
  • Explain the differences, both historical and current trends that effect diverse cultures, racial and ethnic minorities’ marriages and families.  
  • Differentiate marriage and family perspectives among various socio-cultural systems.

Credits: 3

Contact Hours: 3 lecture hrs/week

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