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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Hovland, David


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CourseSO 302 The Study of the Family BE
SemesterS2A2005
FacultyHovland, David
TitlePROFESSOR
Degrees/CertificatesB.A. YALE UNIVERSITY Culture & Behavior (Honors Interdisciplinary Major)
M.A. HARVARD UNIVERSITY Psychology
Ph.D. HARVARD UNIVERSITY Psychology
Office LocationAUSTIN CAMPUS CENTER
Office HoursMONDAY, FRIDAY 10:00 a.m -- 12:00 Noon
Daytime Phone512.458.1237 / 512.374.2103 (until 9:00 p.m.)
E-MailDavid.Hovland@park.edu
myoho2000_2000@yahoo.com
Semester DatesMARCH 14 - MAY 8, 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time8:00 - 10:30 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
FAMILY IN TRANSITION - 13th edition 2005
by SKOLNICK, Arlene S., and Jerome H. SKOLNICK

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Films
Videos
Materials brought by students


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:
(1) The study of the family inevitably involves both individual and cultural aspects. Psychology and cultural fields of study (e.g. anthropology, sociology, history) provide different points of view but the subject matter cannot be subdivided. A "Culture and Behavior" approach is best. (2) Actual research is preferable to armchair speculation.

Learning Outcomes:
(1) Students will become acquainted with a wide variety of family organizations (or "systems") and students will be able to list at least four major types. (2) Students will be able to name some of the major contributors to the study of the family and to explain why each contributor is important. (3) Students will describe in prose some effects of the behaviors of families upon the developing children.

Course Assessment:
There are four requirements: Mid-term Test, Discussion Score, Term Paper, and Final Exam. Weighting is as follows:
25% Mid-term
20% Discussions
20% Term Paper
35% Final Exam

Grading:
250 points for Mid-term
200 points for Discussions
200 points for Term Paper
350 points for Final Exam
(Total is 1000 points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Up to 5 points will be deducted for each day a paper is late.  This rule applies also to the DRAFT PAPER.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Each student is expected to attend class prepared to participate in discussions (therefore read assignments before coming to class). No cell phones or pagers should be in the classrooms. If you eat anything in the classroom or drink anything (non-alcoholic beverages only, please) you must help restore the classroom to its pristine state.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 and 2 Theories, Historical Material, Controversies
Week 3 and 4 Gender Roles, Sexuality, Courtship, Marriage
Week 5 and 6 Parents and Children
Week 7 and 8 Work and Family, Diversity, Troubles

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Week - 1IntroductionsChapters 1 & 2 
Week - 2DiscussionsChapter 3  
Week - 3Discussions, VideosChapters 4 & 5 
Week - 4Discussions, TESTChapter 6APRIL 7 MID-TERM
Week - 5Discussions, VideosChapters 7 & 8 
Week - 6DiscussionsChapter 9
DRAFT PAPER due
 
Week - 7Discussions, VideosChapter 10
TERM PAPER due
 
Week - 8Discussions, ReviewChapter 11MAY 5 FINAL EXAM

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
Each student should be able to say "On my honor as a gentleperson, I have neither given nor recieved aid on any paper or test."

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
Because the activity of academic institutions is creation and exchange of ideas, plagiarism is more serious than many students realize.

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
There are two components to consider in evaluating absences - (1) is there trouble directly from the number of absences? (2) has the discussion score been hurt by not contributing? (clearly, when the student is not in class, he or she is not contributing as expected).  

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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