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Additional Resources: Films
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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:
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
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 101Because the activity of academic institutions is creation and exchange of ideas, plagiarism is more serious than many students realize.
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100There 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).
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