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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 214
Course Title: Family
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Survey of structures, functions, processes, and problems in the contemporary family.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Occasionally

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Marriages and Families: Diversity and Change
By Mary Ann Schwartz, and BarBara Marliene Scott
Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families
By Ferguson, Susan J. ( Mayfield)
Families in Transition
By Skolnick & Skolnick (Allyn & Bacon)
Sociology of Families: Change, Continuity, and Diversity
By Teresa Ciabattari
Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change
By Phillip Cohen
Diversity in Families
By Maxine Baca Zinn
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a sociological understanding of the family as a historical and social construction.
  2. Explain the sociological perspectives on the family, particularly functionalist, symbolic interactionist and conflict perspectives on the family.
  3. Critically analyze the effect of inequality on families.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of social policy and other social change on families.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • History of the institution
  • Functions and dysfunctions
  • Family inequality
  • Family and gender
  • Family and race
  • Family and class
  • Family and Sexuality
  • Parenthood
  • Family as a social institution

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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