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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Esparza, Carolyn H.


Syllabus SO 302 The Study of the Family
Esparza, Carolyn H.

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.


Course SO 302 The Study of the Family BL
Semester F1B2005
Faculty Esparza, Carolyn H.
Office Hours Typically, after class or as otherwise scheduled
Daytime Phone 203-2500
Other Phone 203-2500
E-Mail carolyn.esparza@park.edu
carolynesparza@juno.com
Semester Dates August 1 through September 21
Class Days --M-W--
Class Time 7:40 - 10:10 PM
Credit Hours 3


Textbook:
Marriages and Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society 8th Edition; Mary Ann Lamanna and Agnes Riedmann

Additional Resources:
Students will be provided handouts and bibliography materials related to text material.

Students will report on news items regarding current events and/or articles from other published work pertaining to marriage and family life as relates to text and class materials.

Course Description:
The Study of the Family explores the functions and dynamics of the family system as a social institution, examining historical and contemporary perspectives, cultural factors and current, often controversial issues related to the family including gender roles, sexual morality, reproduction and other family related dynamics.

Educational Philosophy:
To engage students in motivational opportunities to learn  useful information through instructor presentation (lecture), interactive classroom discussion, videos, special student project presentations and examinations is provided.  The primary goal of this course is to offer the student a cross-cultural perspective and understanding of the dynamics of the human family unit and its interactions with and impact on the larger society.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:  
A. Identify and discuss the dynamics of the family system,
  past and present
B. Compare and contrast issues related to public and
  private family lives
C. Recognize the function of the family system in society
D. Examine intimacy factors within the family unit
  impacted by the larger society
E. Compare and contrast issues related to family life in
  varied cultures
F. Identify and discuss critical crisis situations for  
  families
G. Examine some current, often controversial  issues
  involving family relationships
H. Explore factors related to disruption and dissolution
  of family bonds

Course Assessment:
Examinations, special project presentations, purposeful classroom participation

Grading:
Classroom participation – 25%
Examination #1 – 25%
Examination #2 – 25%  
Class Project or Presentation – 25%
Letter grades will be assigned based on the following number grades:
90 – 100 = A
80 – 89  = B
70 – 79  = C
60 – 69  = D
Below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are expected to be punctual in completing all class assignments.  Unexecused late submissions of any assignment will result in a deduction of 10 points per each day late.  No late assignment will be accepted, including examinations, without prior arrangement with class instructor. Incomplete and unfulfilled assignments will result in a grade of zero (0).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time and prepared to participate.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of all class meetings.

Purposeful class participation is expected and requires taking an active part in all class activities and discussions.  Participation will be incorporated in the final grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Class 1: Course overview, Introduction; Reading Assignment:  Chapters 1 and 2  
(Family Commitments; American Families in Social Context)

Class 2:  Reading Assigment: Chapters 3 and 4 (Exploring the Family & Our Gendered Identities) 
       SELECTION OF SPECIAL TOPIC PRESENTATIONS

Week 2: Class 1: Reading Assignment: Chapter 5 (Loving Ourselves and Others; ASSIGNMENT OF SPECIAL TOPIC PRESENTATION DATES

Class 2:  Reading Assignment:  Chapter 6 (Our Sexual Selves)

Week 3: Class 1: Reading Assignment:  Chapter 7 (Being Single:  Living Alone, cohabiting and Other Options)

Class 2:  Reading Assignment:  Chapter 8 (Committing to Each Other)

Week 4: Class 1:  Reading Assignment:  Chapter 9 (Marriage, a Private and Public Relationship)

Class 2:  Reading Assignment:  Chapters 10 and 11 (Communication and Managing Conflict in Marriages and Power and Violence in Marriages and Families 
MID TERM EXAMINATION

Week 5: Class 1:  Reading Assignment:  Chapters 12 and 13 ( To Parent or Not to Parent and Parents and Children Over the Life Course) 

Class 2:  Reading Assignment:  Chapter 14 (Work and Family)  

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS BEGIN:  SPECIAL TOPICS

Week 6: Class 1:  Reading Assignment:  Chapter 15 (Divorce: Before and After) 
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE:  SPECIAL TOPICS

Class 2:  Reading Assignment:  Chapter 16 (Remarriages and Stepfamilies) 
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE:  SPECIAL TOPICS

Week 7: Class 1:  Reading Assigment Chapter 17 (Aging Famlies)  
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE:  SPECIAL TOPICS 

Class 2:  Reading Assignement:  Chapter 18 ( Family Stress Crises and REsilience) 
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE:  SPECIAL TOPICS 

Week 8: Class 1:  STUDENT PRESENATIONS CONCLUDED:  SPECIAL TOPICS
FINAL REVIEW

Class 2:  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 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated.  Any occurrence may cause the student(s) involved to be given an immediate “F” and to be dropped from the course.

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
Class work missed because of excused absences (illness; TDY, etc.) must be made up.  It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor  for makeup work.

Anticipated Absences:  Make arrangements with the instructor for makeup work prior to absence.  TDY orders may be presented to instructor or the Military Residence Center Administrator.

Unanticipated Absences:  Arrangements for makeup work MUST be made at the next class meeting.  Absences because of emergencies or illness MUST be reported to the Instructor at the phone number listed on the first page of the syllabus.  

Two (2) UNexcused Absences will cause a report to be made to the Military Residence Center Administrator.  If a third (3) UNexcused absence occurs, the student may be dropped from the course.

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