Aug 17, 2022  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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SOC 2200 - Introduction to the Family


This course examines the family system in the United States and across cultures, including the ways family structures both reinforce and challenge gender roles. Sociological and gender-based theories of the family are explored as well as the complex relationships among marriage, parenting, work, and family. Students use critical thinking and ethical reasoning to investigate these relationships and consider issues of family policy. Varieties of family experience are considered, with special attention given to issues concerning competing definitions of the family.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to identify and discuss major theoretical perspectives relating to marriage and the family using appropriate sociological terminology.
  • Students will be able to describe the socio-historical evolution of family forms and processes contributing to change in form over time.
  • Students will be able to identify and discuss causes and consequences of diversity in family form such as cohabitation, marriage, child-bearing, divorce, and remarriage.
  • Students will be able to discuss and critically assess causes and consequences of the social meanings given to gender and sexual orientation in families.
  • Students will be able to describe and discuss how social structure, governmental policy, and systems of inequality impact family form and dynamics.
  • Students will be able to describe and discuss the interaction between family and other social institutions such as the workplace, education, religion and media.
  • Students will be able to discuss and critically evaluate issues of contemporary family policy.
  • Students will be able to form and logically articulate a thoughtful position with regard to family forms and structures that acknowledges limitations, including those stemming from the investigator¿s perspective.



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