SO 302 The Study of the Family
F2O 2007 IR
Crawford, Perry N.
Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D., LPC, LADC, NCC
BLDG. 1020, RM 22
By appointment only
October 22 - December 16, 2007
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:30 - 8:10 PM
Textbook: Skolnink, A. S. & Skolnick, J. H. (2007). Family in Transition, 14th ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
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Educational Philosophy: My philosophy is one of application of learning using the techniques and methods commensurate with the working world to prepare students well for the real world workplace. Students collect, analyze and interpret data and present findings in class in the same manner they will be required to do in a real social science workplace. Interaction, lecture, experiential exercises, class presentations, class and individual projects, written work, and examinations form the basis of learning.
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: A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their performance on the final examination and a research paper. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Materials must be submitted on time to receive full credit. Late papers will be marked down accordingly and a failing grade assigned if not submitted at all.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Attendance and participation is of utmost importance and all absences must be approved in advance except in extreme emergencies. Failure to attend more than two classes will result in an administrative withdrawal and the grade of F. I expect all students to arrive on time and remain in the classroom except for emergencies.
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Families Past and Present
1. William J. Goode / “The Theoretical Importance of the Family”
2. Anthony Giddens, “The Global Revolution in Family and Personal Life”
3. Arlene Skolnick / “The Life Course Revolution”
4. Donald J. Hernandez / “Changes in the Demographics of Families Over the Course of American History”
Public Debates and Private Lives
5. Sharon Hays / “The Mommy Wars: Ambivalence, Ideological Work, and the Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood”
6. Janet Z. Giele / “Decline of the Family: Conservative, Liberal, and Feminist Views”
7. George Chauncey / “Why Do Gays Want to Marry?”
Changing Gender Roles
8. Robert M. Jackson / “Destined for Equality”
9. Kathleen Gerson / “Children of the Gender Revolution: Some Theoretical Questions and Findings from the Field”
Sexuality and Society
10. Amy T. Schalet / “Raging Hormones, Regulated Love: Adolescent Sexuality in the United States and the Netherlands”
11. Beth Bailey / “Sexual Revolution(s)”
Courtship and Marriage
12. Paula England / “The Decline of Dating and the Rise of the Hook Up” *
13. Arlene Skolnick / “Grounds for Marriage: How Relationships Succeed or Fail”
14. Lynne M. Casper and Suzanne M. Bianchi / “Cohabitation”
15. Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr. / “The Future of Marriage”
Divorce and Remarriage
16. Karla B. Hackstaff / “Divorce Culture: A Quest for Relational Equality in Marriage”
17. Joan B. Kelly and Robert E. Emery / “Children’s Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives”
18. Mary Ann Mason / “The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities”
19. Philip Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan / “New Families: Modern Couples as New Pioneers”
20. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel / “Caring for Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United States”
21. Lawrence Friedman / “Who Are Our Children: Adoption Past and Present”
22. Nicholas Townsend / “The Four Facets of Fatherhood”
23. Steven Mintz / “Beyond Sentimentality: American Childhood as a Social and Cultural Construct”
24. Ellen Galinsky / “What Children Think about Their Working Parents”
25. Vern L. Bengston, Timothy J. Biblarz, and Robert E. L. Roberts / “How Families Still Matter: A Longitudinal Study of Youth in Two Generations”
Work and Family
26. Katherine S. Newman / “Family Values against the Odds”
27. Arlie Hochschild, with Anne Machung / “The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home”
28. Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson / “The Work-Home Crunch”
Family and the Economy
29. Lillian B. Rubin / “Families on the Fault Line”
30. Harriet B. Presser / “The Economy That Never Sleeps” *
31. Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi / Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke”
Dimensions of Diversity
32. Ronald L. Taylor / “Diversity within African American Families”
33. Maxine Baca Zinn and Barbara Wells / “Diversity within Latino Families: New Lessons for Family Social Science”
34. Judith Stacey / “Gay and Lesbian Families: Queer Like Us” *
35. Karen Pyke / “‘The Normal American Family’ as an Interpretive Structure of Family Life among Grown Children of Korean and Vietnamese Immigrants”
Trouble in the Family
36. Jeremy Travis / “Prisoners’ Families and Children” *
37. Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas / “Unmarried with Children”
38. Denise A. Hines and Kathleen Malley-Morrison / “Issues in the Definition of Family Violence and Abuse”
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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 85Plagiarism—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 the instructor.
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