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SOCI 300 : Marriage & Family

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Marriage & Family
This course analyzes the sociological, physical, psychological, legal and economic aspects of the American family. Demographic trends and interpersonal behavior in family and marriage are discussed, including childbearing and divorce, theories of mate selection, preparation for marriage, marital interaction, sexuality, parenthood and marital adjustment. Contemporary controversial issues, such as the relationship of unmarried couples, alternative marriage forms, abortion, and violence are also addressed as they relate to the family.

This course will provide a basic understanding of marriage and family systems, the processes involved in developing close relationships, and how the various social and cultural factors influence healthy and dysfunctional patterns within relationships

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Explain the challenges in defining family and how societal influences have resulted in changing family roles.

2. Become acquainted with the diversity of family forms and patterns of family life.

3. Recognize contemporary family issues in their historical and cultural context.

4. Recognize the effects of gender, diversity, ethnicity and social class on close relationships and in the families.

5. Explain the complexities of defining the word love and issues of sexuality throughout courtship and married life.

6. Explain the effects of interreligious, interracial, cross-cultural and age-discrepant marriages in terms of prevalence, motivations, problems, and propensity to divorce.

7. Recognize the changing picture of marital status as it applies to alternative marriage options and explain ways to keep marriages and families strong over the course of a lifetime.

8. Identify and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the various non-marital living arrangements.

9. Explain the process of mate selection at it applies to marital quality, stability and satisfaction in relationships and families.

10. Explain the various options available for becoming a parent and recognize the effects of parenting styles, social class, and ethnic diversity has on child-parent relationships.

11. Identify the various way parents can negotiate work and family responsibilities

12. Understand the role of communication and conflict in healthy marriages and families.

13. Apply skills to communicate more effectively and manage conflict in relationships.

14. Identify the extent, causes, and consequences of abuse & domestic violence in dating, cohabitation, and marital relationships.

15. Identify and explain family crisis, stress and resilience with regard to the various challenges and stresses on relationships and families.

16. Explain the emotional, economic, and personal consequences of divorce on children and their parents.

17. Recognize the developmental tasks and challenges associated with single parent, blended and stepfamilies.

18. Explain the widow and widowerhood, grandparenting, caregiving, and elder abuse and neglect with respect to aging families.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
James E. Jurewicz, M.A., M.Ed. - 3/31/2015
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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