Course Outlines

Marriage and the Family — SOCY 1010

  1. Course Description
    • Credits: 3.00
    • Lecture Hours/Week: 3.00
    • Lab Hours/Week: 0.00
    • OJT Hours/Week: 0
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Corequisites: None
    • MnTC Goals:
      • 05 – Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
    This course embodies a survey of human relationships. This course will examine and explore both the practical side and the sociological side of human relationships. Topics include dealing with love, conflict, sexuality, parenting, relationship violence and gender roles. The focus of the course is to expose students to the cultural diversity of marriage and the family. To give students a fundamental understanding of the sociological perspective on this topic and apply a theoretical/historical perspective. Meets MnTC Goal 5
  2. Course Effective Dates: 4/5/99 – Present
  3. Outline of Major Content Areas
      As noted on course syllabus
  4. Learning Outcomes
    1. access categories of research methods
    2. analyze the nature vs. nurture controversy
    3. challenge popular misconceptions of families
    4. characterize the modern family-apply current and historical sociological theoretical perspectives
    5. compare myths associated with marriage and family
    6. compare socialization theories
    7. compare theories and types of love-using the sociological perspective
    8. compare theories explaining family violence
    9. define and describe cohabitation applying current and historical sociological perspective
    10. define family
    11. define fertility facts in the United States
    12. define historical perspectives of family
    13. define love
    14. define marriage
    15. define sexual orientation
    16. define stepfamilies
    17. describe characteristics of abuse and violence in families
    18. diagram gender in adulthood
    19. differentiate among variations of family
    20. discuss and identify sources of conflict within marriages
    21. discuss cross-cultural perspectives of family
    22. discuss obstacles to love
    23. distinguish between sex and gender
    24. distinguish different cultures of family systems
    25. establish characteristics and process of remarriage
    26. identify "single status" using a theoretical approach and current research
    27. identify and apply theories of marriage and family
    28. identify and describe family crisis using a theoretical/historical approach
    29. identify cross-cultural trends in mate selection
    30. identify mate selection methods-applying theoretical perspectives and current trends
    31. identify, describe and analyze parenthood and parenting styles
    32. outline phases of separation and divorce
  5. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area(s) and Competencies
      Goal 05 — Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
      1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
      2. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
      3. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
      4. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  6. Learner Outcomes Assessment
      As noted on course syllabus
  7. Special Information
      None noted