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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Bevars, Barry J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseSO 302 The Study of the Family ML
SemesterS2Z2005
FacultyBevars, Barry J.
TitleSenior Insttructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMS - Human Relations/Counseling
BS -Psychology
Office LocationMalmstrom AFB Campus, Great Falls, Montana
Office Hours4 - 5 PM Mondays and Wednesdays or by appointment
Daytime Phone761-6406 (Home)
Other Phone761-7540 (Malmstrom Campus)
E-MailBarry.Bevars@park.edu
bknbear@bresnan.net
Semester DatesMarch 11 - May 22
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Family in Transition, Skolnick, 13th ed, ISBN 0-205-41823-6

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Internet, Base library, Park University library, Great Falls community library


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 educational philosophy is based on using a vaeiety of methods of learning with focus on application. Methods include lectures, readings, videos, class discussion, writing, and the use of reference systems. Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information. Each student will be required to demonstrate these skills publicly in the classroom or through the written word.

Learning Outcomes:
* Define both primary and secondary relationships and describe the contrasting characteristics of each
* Explain the importance of understanding the various aspects of love and the theories that attempt to unify
* Define sexual behavior and explain its importance in human activities
* Identify and discuss the changing sexual standards from the 1940's to present
* Discuss the historical perspectives of marriage
* Compare the importance of the Family from a sociological perspective to its importance from an individual perspective

Course Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their performance of written essay assignnments, Oral presentation, mid-term examination and end of course examination

Grading:
Course grades are determined on the following bases
- Ten written essay assignments 10 pts each - 100 pts total
- Oral presentation by each student - 20 points
- Mid-term examination - 30 points
- End of course examination - 50 points
- Total overall points to earn is - 200

The folowing points earned will be used to assign course letter grades:

A: 180 - 200 points
B: 160 - 179 points
C: 140 - 159 points
D: 120 - 139 points
F: Below 120 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of work will be accepted and evaluated, however, expect to lose fifty percent of its overall value. IE: assignment was worth 10 points, maximum points received would be 5 points. Could be less depending on context of answer. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
* Attend class
* Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings arre are prepared to discuss them.
* Examinations: There will be two.
* Oral presentation will consist of a topic relating to "Families" as provided by your instructor. The student will provide a 7-10 minute presentation. Treat the topic like we all know nothing - Use of handouts and audiovisual equipment is highly encouraged.
* Written essay assignments will consist of subjects that we will cover each week either through discussion in class or from your text readings for that week.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1
March 21: Welcome, course overview, In-class essay assign
March 23: Readings 1,2,3, and 4. essay assign 1 Lecture

Week 2
March 28: Readings 7,8,9 - Lecture, Discussion
March 30: Readings 10,11,12. essay assign 2 and 3, Lecture

Week 3
April 04: Readings 14,15,16 essay assign 4, Lecture
April 06: Readings 17,18,19,20 essay assign 5, Lecture

Week 4
April 11: Readings 21,22,23,26,27 essay assign 6, Lecture
April 13: Mid-term Examination

Week 5
April 18: Readings 28,29 essay assign 7, Discussion
April 20: Readings 30, 31 - Lecture, Students Presentation

Week 6
April 25: No class - Professor in New York
April 27: Students Presentations

Week 7
May 02: Readings 32,33,34, essay assign 8, Lecture
May 04: Reading 35, Lecture, Discussion

Week 8
May 09: Readings 36,37,38 essay assign 9, Lecture
May 11: Students Presentations, essay assign in-class

Week 9
May 16: Students Presentations
May 18: End of Course Examination  

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:
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="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

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:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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