SOC 344 - Marriage and the Family: A Sociological Perspective
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores patterns of family life in the U.S. in relation to social structures and social processes on the one hand, and to 'the family' as an ideology on the other. Like other institutions, families are embedded in and shaped by race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as structures of privilege and inequality. As such, family organization and processes are dynamic and diverse, although ideological representations of 'the family' are relatively static and monolithic. Specific topics of study include the origin of the contemporary U.S. family ideal, changes in family life in relation to historical events and social movements, household structure, shifting patterns of fatherhood and changes in the meaning and practice of mothering, 'gay' families, the gendered division of family labor and authority, violence within families, alternative family forms, and the same-sex marriage debate.

SOC 344 - Marriage and the Family: A Sociological Perspective
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101 (LEC)
MWF 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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