SO302 The Study of the Family

for S1AA 2005

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CourseSO 302 The Study of the Family
FacultyEnloe, Joseph Mark
TitleSenior Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesBSOE in Occupational Education
M.S. in School Psychology
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Office LocationClassroom
Office Hours15 minutes at the end of class.
Daytime Phone289-7343
Semester Dates10 January thru 6 March 2005
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesIntro to Psychology
Credit Hours3

Family in Transition, 13 ed., Skolnick

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
The Internet

Course Description:
A study of the family as a social institution and a social group in terms of cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary perspectives.  Current controversies concerning male-female roles, sexual morality, reproduction and other issues are considered.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, special projects, case studies, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in critical thinking situations to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Gain an understanding of the beginnings of the family institution.
2. Be able to explain and interpret how the family institution is changing.
3. To understand the different roles of each of the family members.
4. To understand how men and women are dealing with the changes in the family.
5. To integrate knowledge of parent and child relationships in today's families, focusing on the particular needs of the vulnerable populations.
6. To enhance the student's critical thinking abilities through discussions about the family.

Course Assessment:
1. Midterm Exam: (4th week) - Chapters 1-6 and Class Lectures.

2. Final Exam: Mar 2nd (8th week) - Chapters 7-11 and class lectures.

Both exams will be a combination of multiple choice, matching, and essay questions. Each exam will be worth a total of 30 points (60 points total). On the final, essay questions may ask you to incorporate answers from the midterm into your final questions. In other words, they will be cumulative.

3. Students must prepare and present a personal point of view paper on one of the subjects listed in your textbook or discussed during one of Mr. Enloe's lectures. Please get your subject approved by Mr. Enloe.
The paper must be: 3-5 typed double spaced pages with NO MORE than one inch boarders. No larger than a 12 point font may be used (10 point font minimum). Bring a copy of your paper to class on the night of the presentation so that the instructor can follow along as you present your viewpoint. No late papers will be accepted. (Paper is worth 10 points)
    The presentation will be expected to last no longer than 20 minutes. You will discuss your topic in front of your classmates and instructor. You will basically present the contents of your paper, without reading it word for word, and then be prepared to answer any questions from the class. The paper is your opinion about the chosen subject, there is no right or wrong. Please make sure you have a good understanding of the topic, no references are required, but do some independent research if you need more facts. Feel free to critique the textbook or your instructor's opinion. You will be expected to use critical thinking skills. The presentation is worth 10 points, both the paper and the presentation MUST be done in order to receive any points for this project. Both your presentation and paper are due the night your topic is covered in class (according to the chapters).

4. Each day of class (starting the 4th class, Jan 19) you must bring one article covering some aspect of the chapter assigned that night. You must have read and be prepared to briefly discuss each article you bring if you are called on. It must be a scholarly article (scientifically researched), either agreeing with your (or the chapter's) position or disagreeing with it. The internet is a good place to start for such articles.
Each article is worth approximately 2 points. You must bring all articles due to each class to receive any points for that night. You will put your name on it and turn it in. If you are absent due to an excused absence, you must bring it to the next class. If you are absent due to an unexcused absence, you will lose any points for articles that night.

Breakdown of total of points earned:

Articles - 20 points max (20%)
Paper - 10 points max (10%)
Presentation - 10 points max (10%)
2 Exams - 30 points max each, 60 points total (60%)

Grades awarded according to the following scale of points:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
0-59 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Make-up/late submission of exams and assignments must be coordinated with the instructor. Make-ups are only given for excused absences only (You must provide the documentation). Late submission of papers/presentation  will result in the loss of one letter grade per class date late. (There will be no make-up exams or article assignments missed with an unescused absence).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Regular attendance with on time arrival. Courtesy to listen to and respect others points of view. Demonstrate a desire to take an active part in the learning process by coming to class prepared to discuss material, ask questions, and share insights with the class. Students are expected to complete all assignments by the due dates and appear for scheduled examinations. It is the student's responsibility to inquire when something is unclear in the texts or lectures. Do Not expect the instructor to present all the assigned reading in class.  Reading is the student's responsibility: The instructor's responsibility is to clarify, emphasize, give examples, put the topics into context, lead class discussions, and bring in additional related material to support and supplement the assigned reading. Tests may include questions over material from the assigned reading that was not covered in class. A student who does not read and study the assigned readings will not be able to get a good grade in this class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan 10  Introductions; Family in Transition

Jan 12  Chapter 1, The Changing Family (No article due)

Jan 17  Lab night project

Jan 19  Chapter 2, Debates & Private Lives; 1st article due; Presentations

Jan 24  Chapter 3, Changing Gender Roles; article; Presentations

Jan 26  Chapter 4, Sexuality & society; articles; presentations

Jan 31  Chapter 5, Courtship & Marriage; Article; Presentations

Feb 2   Mid-Term Exam over chapters 1-5 and lectures.

Feb 7   Chapter 6, Divorce & Remarriage; Article; Presentations

Feb 9   Chapter 7, Parenthood; Article; Presentations

Feb 14  Chapter 8, Childhood; Article; Presentations

Feb 16  Chapter 9, Work & Family; Article; Presentations

Feb 21  Chapter 10, Dimensions of Diversity; Article; Presentations

Feb 23  Chapter 11, Trouble in the Family; Article; Presentations

Feb 28  Review of lectures & course content in preparation for final; Late presentations due.

Mar 2   Final Exam, Chapters 6-11 and all lectures.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="">
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Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:

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