SocofFam_Syllabus_Fall 2011

SocofFam_Syllabus_Fall 2011 - Sociology of Family (Soc 162)...

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Sociology of Family (Soc 162) Fall 2011 Gelman Library B04 MF 8 -- 9:15 AM Instructor: Dr. Victoria Rankin (Marks) Email: [email protected] Office: Phillips Hall 409N Office Hours: MF 11--12 Phone: 202.994.6345 Course Introduction Sociologists view the world as divided into several major institutional areas. All known societies have elaborate arrangements for the production and care of children, the regulation of sex, and the emotional relationships of intimate adult pairs. These arrangements, collectively, comprise the institution of the family. This course will consider family as a social institution. We will explore the ways in which family life varies across cultures and over time, but our particular focus is the American family wherein we find that, despite great diversity, there are significant similarities. We will also consider the social conditions that have shaped the modern American family, and how the conditions we take for granted (family roles, relationships, ideals, norms and problems) have, in fact, been constructed within a very specific social context. Finally, we will consider the relationships between the institution of family and other social institutions (e.g., the economy, law, and education). The intent of this class is to encourage you to think critically about both the system of family in the United States and your own familial experiences. Upon completion of this course you should have a basic understanding of the way sociologists think about and approach understanding the institution of family. You will know the main theoretical arguments sociologist use, and you will explore the historical and contemporary sociological context of families in the US, and issues confronting the institution. Class participation is an essential component of your final grade, and is expected. I cannot overemphasize the importance of your participation; our discussions will be much more enriching if you contribute.
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