The Family


NOT OPEN TO PRECOLLEGE STUDENTS Families, much like world societies, are changing fast. Though often seen as a traditional social institution, families themselves are often sites of great social change. In this course, we will explore how U.S. families, in particular, have historically changed the meaning of marriage, cohabitation, divorce, single-parenthood, childrearing, and care-taking at various stages in the life course. Given the diversity of families in U.S. society, we will pay special attention to issues of race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, and sexuality. Throughout the course, we will also use a global approach to the study of family by not only comparing U.S. family experiences to those of families abroad, but likewise by taking into account the historical and contemporary experiences of the various immigrant groups that have made this country their home.

Introduction to the sociology of family life. Addresses a range of questions: What is the relationship between family life and social arrangements outside the family (e.g., in the workplace, the economy, the government)? How is the division of labor in the family related to gender, age, class, and ethnic inequality? Why and how have families changed historically? What are the contours of contemporary American families, and why are they changing?






Summer 2019

Jose Soto
MWR: 1:30 PM - 3:35 PM; MWR: 1:30 PM - 3:35 PM 12WV L113

Spring 2020

Lawrence L Wu
TR: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM SILV 411