SOC 344 - Marriage and the Family: A Sociological Perspective
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course for advanced undergraduates focuses on key current research in the areas family sociology and the sociology of marriage. The course will focus on three specific themes. The first theme will examine the research methods used by social scientists to study family change and variation. This theme will include attention to research design, survey method, ethnographic methods, mixed methods, calendar methods and longitudinal research. Though the focus will be on marriage and family, the methods we examine will be useful for research on a wide range of social science topics.

Reading List

  1. Axinn, W.G. and L. Pearce. 2006. Mixed Method Data Collection Strategies. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Jayakody, R., A. Thornton, and W.G. Axinn (eds.). 2007. International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  3. Thornton, A., W.G. Axinn, and Y. Xie. 2007. Marriage and Cohabitation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

The second theme will be marriage and cohabitation in the United States. This theme will include a historical overview of marriage practices in Western civilizations, consideration recent changes and variations in marriage and cohabitation, an exploration of family and intergenerational influences on marital and cohabiting decisions, and an examination of the connections among sex and dating, religion, attitudes and beliefs, education, and work and marriage and cohabitation. This theme will offer a detailed look into the ways that marriage and family intersect with many other key dimensions of social life.

The third theme will be ideational influences on family change and variation around the world. This theme will take a global perspective, examining family practices and family change in countries representing every continent. This theme will juxtapose the role of change and variation in ideas and beliefs with the role of economic and institutional context in producing family change a variation.

SOC 344 - Marriage and the Family: A Sociological Perspective
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
18979
Open
11
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
18980
Open
2
 
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M 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
18981
Open
2
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
18982
Closed
0
 
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M 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
21164
Open
5
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
21165
Open
1
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
21166
Open
2
 
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M 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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