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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Butler, John,, Jr.


Course Number: SO 302

Course Title: Study of The Family

Instructor: Dr. John Butler, Jr., PhD

Telephone:  Work 887-2492 and Home 821-5032

E-mail: jbj713@aol.com      

Term Dates: October 10 – December 3, 2005  Meeting Day and Time: Friday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Resident Center:  Fort Bliss, Texas

 

I.  COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course is a study of the family as a social institution and a social group in terms of cross-culture, historical, and contemporary perspectives. Current controversies concerning male-female role, sexual morality, reproduction, and other issues are also considered.

 

II.  GOALS OF THE COURSE

 

To provide the student with insight and understanding of the human family in the United States and abroad.  This course is design to give the student an understanding of the family as a social unit and to discuss patterns of family interaction. We will provide general knowledge regarding current studies and understanding of the human family as a whole.

 

III.  COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

To familiarize the student with human family life through a series of discussions and examinations on the following learning objectives.

 

A.   Define and discuss family diversity and commitment

 

B.   Discuss families in the social context of race, ethnicity, and other social characteristics

 

C.   Explore theoretical perspectives about family development, structure, and systems

 

D.  Discuss issues relating to culture, gender, and socialization

 

E.   Identify and explain the importance love, sex, partner choice and marriag

 

F.    Examine and discuss alternative marriage, parenting, divorce culture

 

G.  Identify, discuss, and explain blended Families

 

                 

IV.  COURSE ARRANGEMENTS

            

Lectures, discussions, student presentations, and examinations

 

 V.  COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

A.        Please read chapter 1, 2, and 3 before first class meeting.

B.        Students are required to be present at all class meetings.

C.        Students are required to take all examinations on scheduled dates.

D.       Students must complete all course work before a final grade is submitted.

E.        The grade of “F” will be recorded for all course work not completed.

F.         A letter grade reduction may be given for course work not completed on time.

G.       The Instructor will approve all exceptions and deviations from course requirements.

 

VI.        COURSE TEXTBOOK: Marriage & Family, by Mary Ann Lamanna & Agnes Riedmann, Ninth Edition, Wadsworth, Thompson

 

VII.          SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES MATERIALS

 

Students will be required to report on a news item of current events or any article from a published work pertaining to marriage and family life.    

 

VIII.  CLASS MEETING SCHEDULE

     

Week 1        Course overview, Introduction and Chapters 1, 2, & 3

 

Week 2         Chapters 4, 5, & 6 and Special Projects

 

Week 3          Chapters 7, 8, & 9 and Special Projects

 

Week 4          Chapters 10 & 11          

              MID TERM EXAMINATION

Week 5          Chapters 12, 13, and Student Presentations

 

Week 6          Chapters 14, 15, & 16

     Student Presentations  

Week 7          FINAL EXAMINATION

                       Chapters 17, 18, and Special Projects

Week 8          Student Presentations and Special Projects

  

  IX.  CLASS POLICIES

 

Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time, and be prepared to participate.  Attendance will be taken at ALL class meetings.  Class work missed because of excused absences (illness, TDY, etc.) must be made up.  It is the student's responsibility to arrange for makeup work.

 

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

 

Anticipated Absences: Make arrangements 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 either of the phone numbers 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 unexcused absence occurs, the student may be dropped from the course.

 

X.  ACADEMIC HONESTY

 

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Any occurrence may cause the student(s) involved to be given an immediate "F" and dropped from the course.

 

XI.  GRADING POLICY

 

A. Examination 1=50% of final grade

 

B. Examination 2=50% of final grade

 

C. Graduating Senior: Senior Project Presentation for course grade

 

Letter grades will be assigned based on the following number grades.

    90.00 – 100          = A

    80.00 – 89          = B

    70.00 – 79          = C

    60.00 – 69          = D

 

NOTE: Special projects consist of discussions on bits and pieces from instructor and students about current events and other materials and experiences related to Minority Group Relations. These discussions will take place at the beginning of class on meeting days.