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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Oxley, Nicole L.

I. Course Symbol and Number: SO 302

II. Course Descriptor: Core Course

III. Course Title: Study of the Family

IV. Term: Fall II 2004

V. Name of Faculty Member: Dr. Nicole L. Oxley

VI. Title of Faculty Member: Senior Instructor

VII. Faculty Location: Not applicable

VIII. Faculty Office Hours: As required

IX. Faculty Office Numbers:
Home Phone No.: 540-286-3738 Mobile Phone No.: 703-615-2105 Fax Phone No.: 540-752-8822

X. Faculty Email Address:

XI. Term Dates: 18 October – 18 December 2004

XII. Class Session Days: Tuesdays *NOTE: There are 2 Friday class dates

XIII. Class Session Times: 5:00-10:00 PM

XIV. Prerequisites: Not Applicable

XV. Credit Hours: 3.0

XVI. 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.

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

XVIII. 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.

XIX. Faculty's Educational Philosophy:
It is this faculty's educational philosophy to create and foster a fun and active learning environment where students can explore learning concepts, theories, and applied concepts. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively through the learning process and to respect each student's contributions to the learning environment.

XX. Course Objectives:

Values Literacy: The student will learn to be aware of differing values. The student will learn to be aware of differing value systems and the importance of those values in the family.

Critical Literacy: The student will learn to gather, evaluate, and communicate effectively.

Civic Literacy: The student will recognize the complexity of social and economic systems on the American family, as well as, city and state.

Science Literacy: The student will learn the nature of scientific evidence and the scientific method of inquiry, recognize their role in approaching problems in human society and its physical environment, and use such knowledge in personal scientific pursuits and as a member of the scientific community.

The student will accomplish the following:

a. Identify how people are influenced by the society around them as they make choices.
b. Recognize the ways in which social conditions may impede or support family life.
c. Understand the interplay between individual families and the larger society.
d. Describe how individuals make family-related choices throughout adulthood.

See attached for specific learning objectives from the text.

XXI. Course Text:

Lamanna, M. A., & Riedmann, A. (2003). Marriages and families: Making choices in a diverse society (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Supplemental Resources:

American Psychological Association. (1989). Ethical principles of psychologists. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Covey, S. R. (1990). The 7 habits of highly effective people. New York: Fireside.

Egan, G. (1977). You and me (2nd ed.). New York: Brooks/Cole.

Goldscheider, F. K., & Waite, L. J. (1991). New families, no families? The transformation of the American home. Berkeley: University of California Press.

George Mason University Library

Mary Washington College Library

Military District of Washington Park Site

Park University Library

XXII. Academic Honesty and Plagiarism:
As stated in the Park University Undergraduate Catalog 2004-2005:
“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.

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the student. Cheating includes, but not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student’s academic conduct. 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. Falsifying academic records includes, but not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts include:
- Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member
- Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student
- Lying to or deceiving a faculty member."

XXIII. 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. Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time. Roll will be checked each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty are excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work as listed above in the Class Meeting, Assignment, and Examination Schedule. The student is responsible for providing justification for an excused absence either before or immediately after the absence. In the event two (2) consecutive weeks of UNEXCUSED absences in a term or 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 Veterans 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.

The student is expected to attend all scheduled sessions. Scheduled meetings will be recorded. If the student anticipates that he/she will miss a session, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to the session and make arrangements to make up any missed assignments. If an in-class individual/group assignment or quiz occurs during an excused absence, the instructor may substitute a written assignment in place of the original assignment, in order for the student to make up any missed points. The option to make up points, the assignment topic, and due date will be determined by the instructor. A student cannot receive a passing grade for the course if more than three classes (15 hours) are missed, regardless of the absence being excused or unexcused. Being late or leaving early is also factored as time not in class.
The instructor reserves the right to determine whether a missed session is considered excused or unexcused. Being late for class does not constitute an excuse for making up any missed work or quizzes that were administered during that time. In the event that a student will be absent on the evening of an exam, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to the session. Exams and in-class assignments should be taken prior to the scheduled session unless under an emergency, to be determined by the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to determine whether an exam or in-class assignment may be made-up.

Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student’s being allowed to make up a missed examination. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam. In the process of determining whether a make-up exam should be allowed, the burden of proof is on the student. The instructor has the right to request verification of any excuse offered by the student. The student who is denied permission to take a make-up exam may appeal immediately to the Academic Director or Resident Center Administrator. The appeal must be made by the end of the first working day after the day of denial. The appeal will be forwarded immediately to the Assistant Vice President for Extended Learning whose decision will be final. All assignments are individual unless specified by the instructor.

XXIV. Late Submission of Course Materials:
If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student’s responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three dates of the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

XXV. Course Assessment:
Reading assignments, discussion, written assignments, field-trip, mid-term, final, research paper, and presentations.

XXVI. Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The instructor expects all students to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values. There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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:

XXVII. Course Topics/Dates/Assignments:

Class 1

Date: T 26 Oct

1 Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society
2 American Families in Social Construction
3 Exploring the Family

Class 2

Date: F 29 Oct

DISCUSSION. Filipino American Women: Pioneers and Trailblazers. Panelists discuss Filipinas who have figured in American history, from Hawaiian sugar plantation workers to those in California during the racially volatile periods of the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, the predominantly bachelor cohort of migrant workers gradually became a thriving community of families with economic opportunities for the next generation. A book signing follows. Presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. 6–8:30 p.m. Carmichael Auditorium.

Class 3

Date: T 2 Nov

4 Our Gendered Identities
5 Loving Ourselves and Others
6 Our Sexual Selves
7 Being Single: Living Alone, Cohabiting, and Other Options

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
-Identifying items within your circle of concern and circle of influence.
-Understand and develop an emotional bank account with a close relationship.
-Create a personal mission statement.

Research Paper Topic Due

Class 4

Date: T 9 Nov

8 Committing to Each Other
9 Marriage: A Public and Private Relationship
Review for Midterm Examination (ch 1-9)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
-Identify role relationships and tribute statements.
-Identify and prioritize the six most important things in your professional and personal life.
-Describe a win-win relationship.

Field Trip Papers Due and Presentations

Class 5

Date: T 16 Nov

Midterm Examination (ch 1-9)
Class 6

Date: T 23 Nov

10 Communication and Managing Conflict in Marriages and Families
11 Power and Violence in Marriages and Families
12 To Parent or Not to Parent
13 Parents and Children Over the Life Course

Class 7

Date: T 30 Nov

14 Work and Family
15 Divorce: Before and After
16 Remarriages and Stepfamilies
17 Aging Families

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
-Practice empathetic listening.
-Create a third alternative to a problem.
-Develop a plan to renew the dimensions of physical, mental, spiritual, and social/emotional.

Class 8

Date: T 7 Dec

18 Family Stress, Crises and Resilience
Review for Final Examination

Research Papers Due and Presentations

Class 9

Date: T 14 Dec

Final Examination

7 Habits Exercises Due

The student is required to read assignments prior to class meetings. The student should be prepared to discuss assigned reading assignments in class. Each student is required to submit a research paper on a testing instrument. The paper must be in APA format. The instructor must approve the topic. Students must attend a field-trip. Students must submit all written requirements through a plagiarism review program identified by the instructor. All assignments are individual unless specified by the instructor.

Field-trip Assignment: Students will participate in a field-trip relevant to the course content and will complete an assignment integrating course concepts. Students should identify concepts from the text and apply them to the content of the field-trip. Students will present their paper to the class. Guidelines: APA format, 2 pages of body text, 1" margins, double space, header, title page, reference page (Grading criteria: format-5, grammar-5, concepts-20, application of concepts to field-trip-20) Field-trip Paper and Presentation Due: 9 November

Research Paper: A topic is to be chosen, research material gathered, and a paper formulated. Research material should be information gathered from, but not limited to, academic journals. Popular magazines should not be included. A minimum of 3 references must be used and cited. Select a topic that is related to Study of the Family. Use your book as a reference to choose an appropriate topic. Your topic must be approved by the instructor. Topic Due Date: 2 November

The body of the paper should be 8-10 pages in length. You must use APA 5th edition for your formatting. Margins should be 1" and the entire paper should be double-spaced. You should use the first paragraph to introduce the topic to the reader and to introduce the main points of the paper. The main points of the paper will include the main topics of the research articles you have chosen. Then you will move through to summarize each of the 3 academic journal articles. Transition sentences should be used to tie one article summary into the next. A final concluding paragraph should be included at the end. You should avoid personal pronouns in writing. Also, you should not site someone that the author of the article you are reading cited, unless you site it properly as a secondary source.
Paper and Presentation Due Date: 7 December

The paper will be graded to include: grammar, flow of thought, transitions, content, and format. Other factors may be considered in the grading of this paper. If you have any questions while completing this assignment, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to have the question answered. A minimum of three reference sources, in addition to the text, should be utilized. Students will present their paper to the class. Guidelines: APA format, 6-8 pages of body text, 1" margins, double space, header, title page, reference page (Grading criteria: format-10, grammar-10, introduction-10, transitions and flow of thought-5, conclusion-10, references-5, 3 article summaries-50)

7 Habits Exercises: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Exercises should be used to reflect upon your personal life and how it relates to topics we discuss in class and read in the text. In the header, you should have your last name and the page number justified right. Do not include a title page. Margins should be 1" and the entire paper should be double-spaced. 7 Habits Exercises Due Date: 14 December
1. Identify a minimum of 5 items within your circle of concern (comprises all matters about which he or she cares) and 5 items within your circle of influence (includes those things he or she can affect directly). Use two circles, one for work and one for personal.
2. Understand and develop an emotional bank account with a close relationship. Identify the relationship and the person. Identify a minimum of 5 possible deposits (to make in the future) and 5 possible withdrawals (to avoid in the future).
3. Create a personal mission statement. Identify the things you want to have and that you feel are important, then create your statement.
4. Identify role relationships and tribute statements. Identify the different roles you have in your life that are important to you (e.g., NCO, student, fiance, son). Identify the role and the key person in each role. Visualize your 80th birthday celebration. Write a brief statement describing how you would like the key person in each respective role to perceive you and what tribute you hope they would give you.
5. Identify and prioritize the six most important things in your professional and personal life. This is to help you identify scheduling the most important things first.
8. Create a third alternative to a problem. Identify a situation that you were involved with someone in which you opposed one another and identified an alternative solution that was a win-win situation.
9. Develop a plan to renew the dimensions of physical, mental, spiritual, and social/emotional.

Midterm/Final Examinations: Students will complete two examinations.

XXVIII. Grading Plan:

Field-trip Assignment 50 (12.5%) _________
Research Paper 100 (25%) _________
7 Habits Exercises 50 (12.5%) _________
Mid-term 100 (25%) _________
Final 100 (25%) _________
400 (100%) _________

The presentations are pass or fail. Failure to make presentations at appropriate check points will result in a grade of “F” for that assignment. This is regardless of whether an absence is excused or not.

The following will be used to determine course grades:

372-400 90-100................A
332-371 80-89..................B
292-331 70-79..................C
252-291 60-69..................D
251 and below 59-0....................F (or missing more than 15 hours)

XXIX. Learning Objectives from Text:

These learning objectives correspond to and were derived from the objectives in your textbook.

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