SOC 225: Sociology of Family

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Social Science

A comprehensive examination of marriage and family life, including past, current and future trends. The course will help students understand different family patterns and skills for meaningful, long-term, intimate relationships, and is structured to promote the critical thinking and problem solving skills of students by using the sociological perspective.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. The Sociological Perspective
  2. Economic and Social History of families
    1. Changes in the Family and Family Diversity
    2. Understanding Research and Statistics about Families
  3. Gender
  4. Mate Selection, Courtship, and Intimacy
  5. Communication and Conflict
  6. Marriage
    1. Designing your own marriage
  7. Family Economics
  8. The Family Life Cycle
  9. Parenthood and Children
  10. Separation and Divorce
    1. New Beginnings
  11. Family Strengths and Needs