This course familiarizes students with the diversity that exists in families. It is intended for students who want to gain a better understanding of the family, and for students specializing in psychology or human services related fields. Structural inequalities in society based on wealth, race/ethnicity and gender are presented as key determinants in the diversity of family forms and in differing experiences within families.
- Discuss how racial differences, gender differences, and class differences explain variations in family structural and experience.
- Frame and articulate pro and con academic arguments on issues related to family diversity.
- Relate societal changes and developments to changes in the family.
- Understand the meaning of family as a social-cultural and historical construct.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.