SOC 215  Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Development


Course Number and Title:                       SOC 215, Sociology of the Family


Credit Hours:    3                Hours/Wk Lecture:    3       Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Studies topics such as marriage and family in social and cultural context.  Addresses the single scene, dating and marriage styles, child-rearing, husband and wife interaction, single parent families, alternative lifestyles.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This course provides students in the Early Childhood Development program with an understanding of children as individuals who are shaped by their family structures and processes.  It also functions as a liberal arts and social science elective in transfer programs.


III.           Required background: 


SOC 200, SOC 201 or permission of instructor.


IV.          Course Content:


A.               Introduction to the Family and its Definition

B.               Theoretical Approaches to the Family

C.               Family Systems

D.               Changing Family Structures

E.               Marriage and Family in the U.S.\

F.                Life Course of Family Relationships

G.               Family Violence

H.               Divorce and Remarriage

I.                  Family Social Policy


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to describe changes in family structure

B.   Understand ethnic influences on family structure and processes

C.   Be able to describe multiple theoretical approaches to understanding the family

D.   Understand the causes and extent of family violence

E.   Understand marriage and parenting

F.    Understand the importance of communication styles within family structures

G.   Understand conflict resolution styles within family structures.

Students will be evaluated using some combination of tests, quizzes, papers and other projects as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


  Critical Thinking

  Cultural and Social Understanding

  Information Literacy

  Scientific Reasoning