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Family Interaction
FAM INTERACT
CLASS CODE: SOC 311 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Traces the historical development of the modern American family and, using major sociological theoretical perspectives, examines the impact of society upon the family and the major elements of family life.
TAUGHT: Winter, Summer, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Major theoretical perspectives; major economic and social forces that have shaped the family; family racial and socioeconomic diversity; issues of family dynamics-communication, sexuality, stages of family life, parenting, family violence and divorce.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: The student will learn major theoretical perspectives in sociology and how they can be used to study the family; understand the transformation of the family due to economic and social forces over time; and understand some of the internal dynamics of the post-modern American family.
REQUIREMENTS: The student is required to take four major exams, furnish discussion items for small-group and whole-class discussions, attend and participate in special discussion topics, write a short paper on the way their parents handled family life, write a research paper on a family-related subject of his/her choice, and participate in a student group presentation to the class. Class attendance is also required.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001