SOC344 Marriage, Sex and the Family

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lorna L. Zukas

Course Description

Examines the institutions of marriage and family structures and their historical development. Topics include kinship, changing gender roles, changing family forms, divorce, domestic violence, economic structure.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the relationship between the family and other social institutions in historically and culturally specific settings.
  • Formulate diverse intellectual interest and critical insight about the unparalleled central challenges facing family structures today.
  • Introduce theoretical and historical perspectives for studying the changing nature of marriage, gender roles, relations and family life.
  • Examine the issues of marriage, sex and family within the context of everyday life.
  • Demonstrate the connections between the microsocial world of individual experiences and the macrosocial world of the larger society.