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Emily C. Walton
SOC 352
Seattle Campus

The Family

The family as a social institution. Historical changes and societal variation in family patterns. Changes over the life cycle. Alternative family forms.

Class description

In this course, we will transform our personal knowledge about families into a sociological understanding of family life. The sociological study of the family involves our ability to take a step back to assess structures that pattern our personal experiences and how the private decisions that happen in families matter to society as a whole. The course is structured to allow you to further develop your writing, critical thinking, and communication skills. We will spend class time on debates, discussions, group exercises, in-class writing, films, guest speakers, and lectures.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

1) Class Participation. This portion of your grade will be based upon your completion of preparatory writings for class discussions, quizzes, and in-class writing assignments and exercises.

2) Response Papers. I will assign 3 brief response papers throughout the quarter.

3) Mid-term Exam

4) Final Exam


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Emily C. Walton
Date: 06/12/2007