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2016-2017 Official General Catalog 
2016-2017 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SOC 230 - Marriage & the Family

Explanations of the changing institutional structures and interpersonal dynamics of both marriage and the family across cultures and throughout history are studied.  Topics covered include dating, preparation for marriage, role expectations, communication, family interaction, future of the nuclear family and alternative family structures.

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Comprehend the interpersonal dynamics and changing institutional structures of marriage and the family within contemporary society.
2.  Evaluate the major roles of the family as a social institution across cultures and throughout history.
3.  Analyze the relationship between the institution of the family and the social institutions of the economy and politics.
4.  Apply communication strategies that facilitate effective family relationships.
5.  Understand the family as it is defined by the U.S. Census bureau as a social institution and as it is defined by individuals.

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