2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOCI 205 - Families in Society

3 CR
This course introduces students to the study of American families and familial relationships, using sociological theory and research. Students will examine historical trends and changing patterns in marriage and cohabitation, trends in divorce and remarriage, disparities in the division of household labor, issues specific to LGBTQ relationships, parenting style, child and sibling maltreatment, intimate partner violence, impacts of race and social class on those patterns, and policies that have been or are currently being used to address familial issues. Specific attention will be paid to changes in gender roles over time and ways that gender is closely linked to family structures.

Requisites: Next Gen ACCUPLACER® reading score of 244, or at least a grade of C in TSRE 55 .
General Education Requirement: Personal and Cultural Engagement - Applied Core
Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirement: Social Sciences
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe and explain the basic sociological concepts and theories of relationships and families.
  2. Critically discuss empirical sociological research on family trends
  3. Summarize major historical phases and modern trends in American family life.
  4. List and describe societal norms and cultural expectations that are related to relationships and families.
  5. Explain how relationships and family life intersect with patterns of stratification.
  6. Describe shifting power relationships in diverse family structures.