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Soc 352: Sociology of the Family – Winter 2010 Professor Aimée Dechter DETAILED COURSE OUTLINE UP TO FIRST EXAM Weeks 1-4, January 5, 2010 – January 28, 2010 The exam will be held February 2, 2010 during class time I) WHAT IS FAMILY A) Distinct definitions applying to Western culture 1) Social Definitions (a) Public family is as old as civilization but private family emerged in the last several hundred years - Public family: one adult, or two adults who are related by marriage, partnership, or shared parenthood, who is/are taking care of dependents, and the dependents themselves. - Private family: two or more individuals who maintain an intimate relationship that they expect will last indefinitely – or, in the case of a parent and child, until the child reaches adulthood – and who usually live in the same household and pool their incomes and household labor 2) Legal Definitions (a) US Census definition - two or more people living in the same household and related by blood, marriage, or adoption B) Kinship And Marriage Systems 1) Conjugal family - a kinship group comprising husband, wife, and children 2) Extended family - any other relatives (grandparents or uncles) in the household 3) Polygamous families - having more than one spouse/ partner 4) Matrilineage, Patrilineage, etc. - a kinship group in which descent is through the mother’s line - a kinship group in which descent is through the father’s line C) Created Kinship, Assigned Kinship - created kinship: kinship ties that people have to construct actively - assigned kinship: kinship ties that people more or less automatically acquire when they are born or when they marry II) SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS A) Scientific method: experimental paradigm with treatment and control - A systematic, organized series of steps that ensures maximum objectivity and consistency in researching a problem B) Research methods used by sociologists 1) Strengths and limitations of survey and observational methods - survey -advantages are results are representative not only of the sample that was interviewed but also of the larger population in the area - disadvantages is the limited amount of information that can be gathered on each person or family - is difficult to determine whether the people in the sample are responding honestly
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