SO302 The Study of the Family

for F2DD 2005

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Syllabus for The Study of the Family




COURSE TITLE:                               The Study of the Family

SEMESTER/TERM:                         Fall 2005

INSTURCTOR:                                 Dr. Karen L. Dapper

TITLE:                                                Professor

LOCATION:                                      DCSS

OFFICE HOURS:                            Tuesday & Thursday 1600 - 1700

TELEPHONE NUMBER:                 (614) 889-0015; Pager (614) 637-6562

PARK EMAIL:                        



DATES OF SEMESTER/TERM:     October 24 – November 19, 2005

CLASS SESSION DAYS:                  Tuesday & Thursday

CLASS SESSION TIME:                  1700 – 2230

PREREQUISITES:                           None

CREDIT HOURS:                             3




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.




Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.



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


FACULTY’S EDCUATIONAL PHILOSPOHY:  The professor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, videos, writings and examination.  The instructor will engage each learner in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and controversies.





COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course the learner should be able to

understand, explain, integrate, and analyze the general concepts attributed to family research and theories.  Learners will investigate the operational definitions and theories which provide the social science base upon which to study the family unit.   In addition, gender roles, sexuality and society, courtship, marriage, divorce and employment will be examined.  Specific literacy areas to be addressed by students include:


Civic Literacy – through understanding the working of American social, political, and economic systems and appreciation of the geographical and historical roots, which shape these systems.

Values Literacy – through appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet maintaining an openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments.   

Critical Literacy – through gathering, evaluating, and communicating information effectively, meeting the basic computing demands of contemporary life, understanding standards of excellence, recognizing a variety of problem solving strategies, and contributing to desirable change or helping to preserve and transmit fundamental knowledge for the good of society.


COURSE TESTBOOK:   Skolnick & Skolnick (2005). Family in Transition: Thirteenth Edition. Allyn & Bacon: Boston


ACADMEIC HONESTY:  Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.


PLAGIARISM:  Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructor.


ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “f”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veteran Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.


LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  Research Papers submitted late will have 5 points deducted from the grade. 


COURSE ASSESSMENT:  Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class.  Participation in class discussion and attendance is a requirement.  The students will complete the research paper and examinations as assigned.


Instructions for Research Papers: Complete a research paper relevant to some aspect of contemporary family life.  Appropriate topics for research will be discussed in class.    The paper should be a minimum of eight pages in length, but no more than ten pages.  It should be double spaced, cited appropriately with a resource page and type written in APA style.  These papers are due the last day of class.  They are worth a maximum of 25 points each.  Grades for late papers will be reduced by 5 points.


CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:  Please bring your book and assignments to class each week.  Be prepared to discuss the material to be covered.


DISABLITY 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding student with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provision 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 pate:




Oct. 25 – Introduction and review syllabus, read for discussion Chapters 1-2 prior

                to class.


Oct. 27 - Read for discussion Chapters 3 & 4.  


Nov. 1 – Read for discussion Chapters 5. First examination due over Chapters 1 –



            Nov. 3 – Read for discussion Chapter 6 & 7.



Nov. 8 – Read for discussion Chapter 8. Second examination due over Chapters

                5 -7


Nov. 10 – Read for discussion Chapter 9.  


Nov. 15 – Read for discussion Chapter 10.


Nov. 17 – Read for discussion Chapter 11. Final examination due over Chapters 8

                - 11.  Research paper is due.





The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:


            Research Paper………………….…..25% of final grade – 25 pts. each

            Examinations………….…………….75% of final grade – 25 pts. each


90 – 100…………………………A

80 – 89…………………………..B

70 – 79…………………………..C

60 – 69…………………………...D

Below 60…………………………F