2020-2021 Catalog 
    Dec 07, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

SOC 140 - Sociology of Intimate Relationships and Family

Description: Study of relationships and family life, interpersonal attraction, dating and committed partnerships, relationships and household dynamics, parenting decisions, relationship longevity or dissolution.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Changing Families
    1. families past & present
    2. public debates & private lives
    3. diversity in families (gender, race/ethnicity, social class)
  2. Differing expectations & experiences by gender
    1. changing gender roles
    2. love, sexuality & society
    3. dating & relationship commitment
    4. dissolution & re-partnerships
  3. Exploring challenges & solutions
    1. work and family
    2. parenting issues
    3. dimensions of diversity (gender, race/ethnicity, social class)
    4. conflict in relationships (communication, stress, violence)

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify and explain dynamics of interpersonal & family relationships that have a direct impact on one's own life experience. 
  2. Discuss the diverse customs, attitudes, values and expectations (by gender, race/ethnicity, social class, etc.) that affect our relationships with others. 
  3. Strategize and explore solutions for common relationship challenges.

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.