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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Blaylock, Tracey D.


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
SemesterF1J2004
FacultyBlaylock, Tracey D.
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesM.A. NCC LPC CASAC
Office LocationMetroPark Programs-Downtown Campus
Office HoursAppointments are arranged by scheduled appointments: Monday and Friday:  4:00-5:00 p.m.
Daytime Phone 816.842-6182
E-MailTracey.Blaylock@park.edu
Semester DatesAugust 23-October 11, 2004
Class DaysThursday Evenings
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Skolinick, Arlene S. and Jerome H. Skolnick.  Family in Transition, 13th edition. Boston, MA.: Pearson, 2005.

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 facilitator's educational philosophy provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate mastery of a higher level of analysis and integration of the knowledge.  Students will learn how to transfer past experiences and knowledge of this course.  

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate the ability to express ideas in both oral and written work.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the family as a social institution and social group in terms of cross cultural, historical, and contemporary perspectives.  
3. Critically analyze specific ideologies of family.
4. Increase knowledge of historical factors and their impact on family structures.
5. Demonstrate awareness of cross cultural variations and diversity in family forms.

Course Assessment:
The course assessment will consists of quizzes, examinations, term paper and presentation. Students are required to read all assigned material (text, handouts, etc.) to watch outside viewing assignments, listen to all outside audio assignments, and be prepared to discuss the material in class.  Students will also have to successfully pass all exams and complete all projects on time, to include term paper and presentation (topic to be discussed in class).  Attendance and participation are required for successful completion of this course.

Grading:
Midterm Examination     100 points
Term Paper     100 points
Oral Presentation     50 points
Quizzes (3)     30 points (10 points per quiz)
Participation     40 points (5 points per class)
Final Examination     100 points
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TOTAL POINTS     420 Points

Late:
 Any material submitted late will automatically receive a 15-point per day penalty until the instructor receives the material, unless the student makes prior arrangements with the instructor.  The instructor reserves the right to waive the penalty if it is determined by the instructor that there were extenuating circumstances surrounding the tardiness of the material.  Students must be present for all examinations unless the student made prior arrangements with the instructor. There are no make-up examinations allowed.

Conduct:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Learners must recognize though that technology may also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Learners must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WeekDateTopics Chapter
18/26Read Chapters 1-2
29/2Read Chapters 3-4
Quiz (Chapters 1 & 2)
39/9Read Chapters 5-6
49/16Midterm Examination
Read Chapters 7-8
59/23Read Chapters 9-10
Quiz (Chapters 7 & 8)
69/30Final Papers Due
Oral Presentations
Quiz (Chapters 9 & 10)
710/7Read Chapter 11 Video
Final Review
810/14Comprehensive Final 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 Undergradute 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.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
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 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


Facilitators are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The facilitator may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the learner will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete grade will not be issued to learners who have unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Learners receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) 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 learner.  Reports of a F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for learners receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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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