Krug Hall 7
Section Information for Spring 2017
From family-supervised courtships to hook-ups, from traditional gender roles and socialization to new concepts of what it is to be a man or a woman, no social institution has changed as rapidly and dramatically as “the family.” This course uses a sociological framework to analyze and understand the diverse forms of contemporary families--traditional marriages, cohabitation, domestic partnerships, single-parents families, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families. Among the many topics explored are changes in sexual mores that are reflected in new patterns of courtship and dating; the shifting roles of men who are embracing the role of nurturing father and supportive partner as women have moved into the work force; the effects of social class, race and ethnicity on families and children; and the prevalence and outcomes of divorce for couples and their children. Finally, and importantly, we look at the role of public policy in providing support to families facing the challenges of juggling work and family responsibilities.