SOC 255 Dating, Relationships, and Families • 5 Cr.
How have courtship and dating changed? What does it mean to be a ?family?? Is ?the family? falling apart? Explore changes in the culture and structure of families, and analyze how families play a central role in American life. Themes include single parenting, new family structures, cohabitation, marriage and divorce, and/or courtship and dating.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Describe patterns in contemporary courtship/dating and illustrate how they’ve changed over time;
- Analyze how gender, race, and class shape dating patterns as well as the dynamics of courtship;
- Explain the complexity of “family” as an idea;
- Discuss how ideas of “family” are socially constructed, culturally relative, and dynamic;
- Explain how families are connected to and shaped by culture and all the major social institutions, especially political and economic processes;
- Analyze the social structure of families;
- Discuss the wide range of experiences within and between families;
- Debunk common myths about the family;
- Illustrate how gender, class, sexuality, and race structure families;
- Appreciate the wide range of family forms;
- Identify common areas of inequality within and between families and propose solutions;
- Critically analyze social and political discourses about dating and families; and
- Apply the course ideas to their own lives.