About This Course Pack
This course is an introduction to a sociological examination of contemporary family forms and relations in North American society. Topics include: theories and methods for understanding families; formation of intimate relationships; mate selection processes; marriage and parenting; families over the life course; gender issues and transitions in families.
This course is comprised of 12 units designed to be delivered over a 13-week semester. The course layout is aligned with the textbook: Families Across the Life Course (2nd Ed.) by Silvia K. Bartolic, Todd F. Martin, and James M. White. Course materials include introductory resources and guidelines for the first week followed by an instructor's manual, testbank, and answer key for each of the remaining 12 weeks.
Assessment for this course is based on weekly chapter quizzes, class work and participation, a unit reflection component, peer feedback, a collaborative book review project, and final exam. Quizzes are not included in this course pack. Instead, it is expected that instructors will choose questions from the testbanks to create their own. A sample final exam is provided.
The author wishes to thank Kirsten Wesselow for writing the test bank and accompanying answer keys for this course, as well as, her colleague, Todd Martin, for contributing Instructor Manual material.
- Appreciate the diversity of family life and definitions of 'family'
- Compare, contrast and apply theoretical orientations of family to family issues
- Summarize, discuss, debate and evaluate currente research and issues in the sociology of family, and family populations in North America
- Analyze how social institutions affect and interact with family life
- Describe social influences on family as it relates to successfully living and aging
- Identify and evaluate family policy initiatives that affect family life
- Reflect on your teamwork, research and writing skills