SO 302 The Study of the Family
S2Z 2008 ML
Master of Social Work, California State University at Long BeachBachelor of Science, Wayland Baptist University, Honolulu, HawaiiAssociate of Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force
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17 March 08 to 16 May 08
7:45 - 10:15 PM
Skolnink, A. S. & Skolnick, J. H. (2007). Family in Transition, 14th Ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
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To engage students in motivational opportunities to learn useful information through instructor presentations (lecture); interactive classroom discussion, video presentations, special student project presentations, debates, and examinations. The primary goal of this course is to offer the student a cross-cultural perspective and understanding of the dynamics of the human family unit and its interactions with and impact on the larger society.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
SO302: THE STUDY OF THE FAMILY\
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
The Core Assessment assignment for this class will be a major essay that integrates, analyzes, applies, and critiques several sociological concepts and research findings from this course individually, together, and with additional sources from your own literature review and archival study.
You must incorporate the findings from at least five outside sources of original academic research in this essay. You may also include additional sources for examples or background information, but only reputable, peer-reviewed academic sources will count toward the reference requirements of your essays. This means that magazines, newspapers, professional periodicals, or internet sources are only appropriate for examples and illustrations in this project — if you have any questions as to whether a specific source is acceptable for your essay, you should ask your instructor rather than guess. Also, focus on articles or books presenting original research or theories, not on those reviewing others’ works or editorializing about opposing approaches. Reference works, textbooks, and literature reviews are all excellent places to begin your search, but you must find and read the original in order to develop your own reaction. Ask your instructor for source approval if in doubt.
You should also consider incorporating relevant and reputable statistical and other social scientific data collected by researchers, governments, and other agencies and organizations. A wealth of such archived data is publicly accessible through the Internet, and their use can help you better understand your issue and develop a stronger analysis and critique. Again, if in doubt, ask your instructor for approval of your data source.
If you do not properly cite those external sources that contributed to your work, then you are guilty of plagiarism. This will not be tolerated and may result in immediate and serious academic penalties. If you have any questions as to when and how to use citations and references in you essays, please contact your instructor. Your final essay will also be formatted according to the relevant portions of the American Psychological Association Style Guide. The main text of your essay will consist of no more than 3,500 words (or about fifteen pages). While it possible to construct a successful essay in fewer words, this assignment is comprehensive and detailed enough that most students will find it a challenge to successfully address all of its points in the allotted space. Begin work on your essay early and leave plenty of time for revision to assure the best possible grade.
SO302 CORE ASSESSMENT
Pick one aspect of the modern family, its structure, function, or place in the larger society and culture. Some possible topics include: the importance of marriage, gender roles, the place of children in the family, sexuality and the bearing of children, single parent families, the employment of parents with children, differences between families of an ethnic minority and white families, the acceptance of gay and lesbian families or other alternative forms, or media representations of the family. You should feel free to choose another relevant focus for your essay, but no matter what your choice, you should have it approved by your instructor before you begin in earnest.
Find scholarly or official domestic data that identify the prevalence, variation, and trends in your focus issue over the past few decades. Is there a “cultural inconsistency” between what is actually happening and what we perceive? You should also find at least one contemporary international point of comparison. Again, is the actual similarity or difference accurately represented in our common perceptions? One good place to start is the US Federal statistics gateway site: www.fedstats.gov; the UN, www.un.org, and the World Bank, www.worldbank.org, are two additional good sources for international data; the largest clearinghouse for publicly available academic and organizational data is the ICPSR at the University of Michigan, www.icpsr.umich.edu; and the University of Chicago’s NORC is one of the largest academic opinion research centers in the country, norc.uchicago.edu. Consider multiple sources of data, when possible, and compare and contrast the actual data with public perception of the issue. Pay particular attention to the trends in the data and use sociological concepts and findings from the course and your additional literature review to analyze your issue. Over time, what about these families has changed or remained the same? Why?
Evaluate the individual and social dynamics and consequences of your topic at the family and the social levels. Explain and analyze how larger social trends affect individual family lives. Try to understand and explain why some families, who share many characteristics with those of your focus, do not exhibit the same properties. Is this phenomenon having positive or negative (or both) effects on families and the society? Why? How? According to what standard? Analyze and critique examples of partisan positions on either side of the public debate over this issue, and identify and evaluate your own biases in the matter. How can the relevant facts, theories, and research help you determine who is more likely to be right?
Finally, what trend do you think we are likely to see in this issue over the next two decades, both domestically and in your international comparison location? Defend and justify your conclusions. What public policies and individual decisions would help guide this future trend in the most generally useful and beneficial direction? Defend and justify your conclusions.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Two quizzes = 20 points each for a total of 40 points
Core Assessment Criteria = 23 points
Student Presentation = 20 points
Final Examination = 20 points
Participation = 5 points
Attendance = 5 points
Maximum points possible= 113 points
Letter grades will be assigned base on the following number grades:
113-100 = A
99-90 = B
89-79 = C
78 - 69 = D
Below 68 = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submissions are considered unacceptable and not accepted after the assigned due date. Unexcused late submissions of any assignment will result in a deduction of 5 points per each day late. Unfulfilled assignments will result in a grade of zero (0).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time, and prepared to participate. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of all class meetings. Tardy and unexcused absences will affect classroom participation score.
If a student misses a class due to Temporary Duty (TDY) or "being in the field”. It is the student's responsibility to inquire of missed classroom information.
Be sure that all cell phones and electronic communication devices are switched to the off position or vibrate mode in class.
Purposeful class participation is expected and requires taking an active part in all class activities, debates, and discussions. Students are expected to honor each student's comments with respect. Providing an environment for which each student can feel safe to share personal views and values. Participation is being graded towards final grade.
18 Mar Intro to class and review of syllabus (homework) Reading #1 The Theoretical Importance of the Family and Reading #4 Changes in the Demographics of Families
20 Mar Discuss reading #1 The Theoretical Importance of the Family and Reading #(4) Changes in the Demographics of Families (homework) Reading #(5) The Mommy Wars: Ambivalence, Ideological work, and the cultural contradictions of motherhood and #(6) Decline of the Family:
25 Mar Discuss Reading #(5) The Mommy Wars: Ambivalence, Ideological work, and the cultural contradictions of motherhood and #(6) Decline of the Family. (homework) Reading #(7) Why do Gays want to Marry? And #(8) Destined for Equality
27 Mar Discuss Reading #(7) Why do Gays want to Marry? And #(8) Destined for Equality
(homework) Reading #(10) Raging hormones, regulated love and #(11) Sexual Revolutions.
1 Apr Discuss Reading #(10) Raging hormones, regulated love and #(11) Sexual Revolutions. (Homework) Review for quiz #1 (readings 1,4,5,6,7,8,10 and 11)
3 Apr Review for quiz #1 (readings 1,4,5,6,7,8,10 and 11)
8 Apr Take Quiz #1 (homework) Reading #(13) Grounds for marriage: How relationships succeed or fail and # (14) Cohabitation Conduct Debate #1
10 Apr Discuss Reading #(13) Grounds for marriage: How relationships succeed or fail and
#(14) Cohabitation. (homework) Readings #(16) Divorce Culture: A quest for relational equality in marriage, and #(17) Children’s adjustment following divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives.
15 Apr Discuss Readings # (16) Divorce Culture: A quest for relational equality in marriage, and #(17) Children’s adjustment following divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives. (homework) Readings # (18) The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities and #(21) Who are our children
17 Apr Discuss Readings #(18) The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities and #(21) Who are our children (homework) Reading #(22) The four facets of fatherhood and #(26) Family values against the odds.
22 Apr Discuss Reading #(22) The four facets of fatherhood and #(26) Family values against the odds. (homework) Review for midterm readings (13,14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, and 26)
24 Apr Review for midterm (Readings 13,14,16,17,18,21,22, and 26) (homework) Study for Midterm.
29 Apr Take midterm. Conduct Debate #2 (homework) Readings # (27) The second Shift: Working parents and the revolution of home and # (32) Diversity within African American Families.
1 May Discuss readings# (27) The second Shift: Working parents and the revolution of home and # (32) Diversity within African American Families. (homework) Readings # (33) Diversity within Latino Families: new lessons for family social science. #(34) Gay and lesbian Families: Queer like us.
6 May Discuss Readings # (33) Diversity within Latino Families: new lessons for family social science. #(34) Gay and lesbian Families: Queer like us. (homework) Readings # (37) unmarried with children and #(38) Issues in the definition family violence abuse.
8 May Discuss Readings # (37) unmarried with children and #(38) Issues in the definition family violence abuse. Start presentations
13 May Turn in research paper, review for final, and start presentations
15 May take Final examination, turn in essay paper, and finish class presentations.
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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. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
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