Jul 15, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25
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AAS 4820 - The Black Family

Focusing on the history of ideas and approaches that have shaped and defined our understanding of Black families. This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African American social and family life. You will be introduced to historical and socio-cultural circumstances that affect the Black family and the diverse nature of Black culture. The purpose of this course is to focus on the Black family as a social institution. You will understand and appreciate the strengths of the Black family by being expose to a variety of challenges they face. This course will also attempt to heighten awareness and sensitivity to the contemporary problems affecting the Black family and thus help discover and evaluate social policies and programs geared towards Black families. Specifically, the course will provide a sociological perspective for understanding and analyzing topics and challenges that impact the Black family. The discussion is also designed to encourage and stimulate critical thinking beyond “common sense” interpretations of the Black family.

Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
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
Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all of the above orally and in writing
  • Identify the impact of family history on lives of African Americans
  • Think more critically about the relationship between the black family and the black community
  • Understand the dynamics involved in partner selection and intimate relationships for African Americans
  • Understand the life cycle of family relationships for African Americans

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