Jul 23, 2024  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOC 255 - Dating, Relationships, and Families

5 CR

How have courtship and dating changed? What does it mean to be a “family?” Is “the family” falling apart? Explore changes in the culture and structure of families, and analyze how families play a central role in American life. Themes include single parenting, new family structures, cohabitation, marriage and divorce, and/or courtship and dating.

Course Outcomes
  • Describe the complexity of “family” as an idea, using a sociological perspective.
  • Explain how families are connected to and shaped by culture and all the major social institutions, especially political and economic processes.
  • Illustrate how gender, class, sexuality, and race structure intimate relationships.
  • Debunk common myths about the family and relationships.

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