Welcome to Marriage and Family!
This course is designed to help you apply your “sociological imagination” to the study of Marriage and Family. The concepts of marriage and family are constantly changing. We will be analyzing many issues relating to the diversity of families living in the U.S. You will have several opportunities to apply what you learn in this course to your own family and relationships.
There are many advantages to taking online courses. You can be anywhere while you take this course, work at any time during the day or night, and you can work and learn at your own pace.
With this being said, your online journey requires self-motivation and self-discipline. You are required to read, review and study the materials at your own pace. Since we do not meet face-to-face, it is important that you communicate with me via email or telephone if have any questions or problems relating to accessing or understanding the course materials, the assignments, and tests.
I look forward to working with you all this semester.
There will be orientation information posted on our Bb Vista site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course
To expose students to basic concepts, relationships, and interactions
among sociological factors as well as mainstream sociological philosophies and theories relating to the subjects of marriage and the family.
To introduce students to the sociological theories and tools of the study of the family.
To expose students to the sociological literature on the family.
To cultivate in students an historical and cross-cultural perspective on the family.
To understand the varied perspective of minorities on family issues and their contributions to the American family system.
To understand the source and possible solutions to family related social problems in the United States.
To develop the ability to recognize the factors contributing to healthy marriage and family living.
Textbook: Think Marriages & Families by Kunz (2011)ISBN: 978-0-205-74240-0
Method of Evaluation/Assessment:
Grading – total points=200
Quizzes: 60 points total (6 @ 10 points)
Discussion Board: 60 points total
Tests: 40 points total
Papers: 40 points total
Contact With the Professor:
Although the majority of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with me is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have. The best way to reach me is through email on Bb Vista or by sending an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be utilizing several features of Bb Vista, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool and the "Assessments" link. Please log into Bb Vista and review the Student Orientation and Student Materials which are available to students before the start of the semester. Students will be introduced to the on-line discussion feature as well as other tools we will be using, (i.e. the Assignments Drop-Box and E-Mail). Also, make sure to do the 'Check Browser' in order for your computer to run correctly with Bb Vista.