SO302 The Study of the Family

for S1M 2005

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The Study of the Family
Sociology 302 (SO 302 SIM2005-CP-Sec CH)
Term: 1/10/2005 – 3/6/2005
MCAS – Cherry Point

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

Instructor: Claude ("Tweetybird") Andrews (for more information about him, see short bio attached)

Availability: “Tweetybird” is available by prearranged time and place either on base before or after class or at another location as prearranged. His private home-office is located at 147 Hoop Pole Creek, Atlantic Beach.

Best method of direct communication: The best way to get in fairly quick touch in “real-time” is through “Tweetybird’s” emergency mental health pager which is 252-407-1485. You may leave a very brief voice mail and if you leave a phone number, leave also the area code. You may also simply dial in your complete number and area code directly. He does have an office phone at his professional office which is Creative Living Associates in Tarboro, N. C. at 252-823-0186; however he is infrequently at this number. He will attempt to return your call as soon as practical. (Caution: he is a “night person, so unless you do not want him calling you real late at night, suggest he may call the next day if for some reason he can not immediately return the call.)

E-mail addresses: (personal),, or To make sure the e-mail gets to him, copies to all three addresses.

Consultation hours in regards to class may be arranged by contacting “Tweetybird” in class. He usually will come a little early to class and is willing to stay after class as needed.

Park University Course Description: The Study of the Family is designed as “a survey of the family as a social institution and a social group in terms of cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary perspectives. Current controversies concerning make-female roles, sexual morality, reproduction and other issues are considered.” Suggested prerequisite: PS 101 or equivalent.”

Learning Objectives:

In working with the course description, we hope to achieve the following general objectives:

1. To be able to explain and understand how the family unit has changed over time.
2. To be able to explain and understand the social and psychological dynamics that affect changing gender roles, sexuality, and relationships.
3. To be able to outline the basic nuclear family and discuss its relevance to society.
4. To be able to observe, analyze and report on diversity in our society.
5. Begin to understand culture and the multicultural experience of others.
6. To self-assess or re-access the student’s weekly learning experience by turning into the instructor a brief weekly statement of what he/she has experienced each week.
7. To be able to effectively organize and present a written and oral report on the student’s family genogram.

Credit Hours: 3 Semester Hours Prerequisite: Psychology 101
Text: Skolnick, Arlene S. and Skolnick, Jerome H. Family in Transition, Thirteenth Edition, Allyn and Bacon, 2005.

Classroom Policies

Technology: Active cell phones, PDAs, pagers and/or laptop computers are not permitted during any scheduled class period. Failure to abide with this policy will result in an absence for the rest of the class period as well as a “0” for any activity taking place (exam, quiz, presentation etc.). This means no use of any form of electronic communications or devices during class--whether they are verbal, pictorial, or text messaging. If you use such devices, you may be asked to leave the class and will be counted absent. Such devices are disruptive of the class. Remember, you signed up for this class, knew the hours of attendance, thus you are to have planned to focus your time on this class. Use break times to conduct personal communications.

Make-up exams and class material: Make up exams are to be arranged ahead of the scheduled time, unless due to death or illness in the family or by student (duh!). They will be conducted at a time to be arranged within two weeks from the original exam date. A total of one make up exam is permitted during this abbreviated semester for any circumstance. Failure to make up an exam or any other missed exam results in a grade of “0”. Students are responsible for obtaining any missed material
/notes from a classmate. If, for some reason, all work has not been completed by the end of the semester, the student will receive the grade "I" which must be completed before the end of the following semester, or, by registrar's rules, becomes an "F." Also, be advised that there can be no grade higher than a "B" (no matter what higher grade average the student may have had) to erase an "I"--because, by definition, the work was late.

Academic Integrity: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled form Park.” Also “plagiarism—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 their instructors.” Thus, academic integrity is expected of students at all times. APA (American Psychiatric Association) documentation is generally expected from any student enrolled in a social science class. A complete description and numerous examples can be found in The Allyn & Bacon Handbook, which is available at the library.

Privilege To Attend Class and Attendance Policy: According to the Park General Catalog, only those individuals officially enrolled are allowed to be in the classroom during class hours, except for invited guests of the instructor or student(s) when present on official business. For example, children of students are not permitted to attend classes with their parent(s). Children are also not allowed to be on campus unattended while their parent(s) is (are) in class. Plan ahead or make sure you have appropriate child- or eldercare previously arranged. 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. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of 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 fr4om agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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Requirements for this class:

Specific Requirements:

1. Active participation in each class with a written one page summary (it has to be legible) due on the Tuesday following the past week sharing what you learned about the family and how it relates to your own personal pilgrimage. You may put this in the form of an e-mail and sent to the addresses listed above before Tuesday, or you may bring a hard-copy each Tuesday during class.
2. Taking two tests (multiple-choice) as scheduled during the course.
3. Completing one peer-review abstract as due on the appropriate date and presenting it in class. The abstract will be a typed, using black professional script of 10-12 font, double-spaced with one-inch margin, two page summary of a professional research article as found in a professional journal of some research that has been completed on any aspect of the family following the themes in our text. The following questions should be answered: Who did the research? What was the population? What was the idea or concept researched? What was the methodology? What was found or what were the results? Why was it done? Where and when did it take place? Why did you choose this particular journal article? What did you learn from it? Did you agree with it? Why or why not? Use good Standard English, check spelling (use spell-check), and use proper APA documentation.
4. Conduct research on your own family of origin and produce and present to the class the information in the form of a family genogram. What did you learn about yourself in this work? Your presentation should last about 10-15 minutes with the class having the opportunity to make comments and ask questions. The class, as a whole, will determine
the presenter’s grade. The presentations of these will be scheduled as a class.
5. The final examination which will be multiple-choice, plus
a class evaluation.
Evaluation: is based on active class participation and weekly reports, 2 tests, one peer-review abstract—presented in class in summary fashion, one presentation/discussion of family genogram, and a final examination. Each of the six evaluation items will have equal value. There may be unannounced quizzes, depending upon class participation. Grades are distributed in the following manner: A=93-100, B=85-92, C=77-84, D=70-76, F=69 or less. Students are responsible for keeping up with their exam/quiz grades, as these will be recollected and maintained by the instructor until all have taken that particular test. During the class, each student is required to make a brief presentation to the class of his/her peer-review abstract. Presentations may be made during any class after conferring with the instructor. The last class of March 3 will be the final class in which students may make their peer-review presentations, even though they may have been due before then. For the student who wants to achieve extra credit, that student can go to a local major 4-year college or university (Barton in Wilson, Wesleyan in Rocky Mount, ECU in Greenville, Campbell in Buies Creek, UNC-CH, UNC-Wilmington, NC State, St. Augustine, or any other major college or university) to do his/her research for the peer-review abstract. This is worth an additional 5 points on the final course average. This must be documented by the signature of the library staff person on duty the day you were there on the library's letterhead or other official library document (such as the library’s floor-plan) and given to the instructor along with the assignment so completed at that library.

Proposed Schedule of Sociology 302 “The Study of the Family””

Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 19:30 to 20:00 with appropriate breaks to be determined on the first day of class. We will adhere to the following suggested schedule in terms of material to be covered, although we will be flexible as needs dictate. Remember: each Tuesday there is to be turned in a one-page hard-copy summary of the past week as per requirements (or e-mailed before Tuesday). Also, when you are ready to make a peer-review presentation, please let “Tweetybird” know—presentations can be done throughout the class schedule. We will determine times of genogram presentations as we complete that part of our work.

Jan. 10 Spring I 2005 begins

Jan. 10-17 Enrollment adjustment

Jan. 11 Orientation to Syllabus, Ground rules,Start
Part 1 “The Changing Family “

Jan. 13 “Families Past and Present”

Jan. 18-Feb. 11 Last date of withdrawal

Jan. 18 Part 2, “Changing Gender Roles”

Jan. 20 continue “Changing Gender Roles”

Jan. 25 “Courtship and Marriage”

Jan. 27 “Divorce and Remarriage,” class review

Feb. 1 *Test #1* (Chapters 1-6) grading, move to Part
3, “Parents and Children”

Feb. 3 “Parenthood”

Feb. 8 “Childhood”

Feb. 10 Part 4, “Families in Society”

Feb. 15 “Work and Family”

Feb. 17 “Dimensions of Diversity” *hard copies of peer-
reviews due*

Feb. 22 “Trouble in the Family,” presentations

Feb. 24 “Trouble in the Family,” class review,

March 1 Genogram presentations, other presentations

March 3 *Final Examination* grading, finishing
presentations, wrap-up, evaluations

March 6 End of term –Have a great spring break!

Thanks for being in this class and what you offered to the class. I wish you God-speed in your personal, professional and educational development. Take care and stay safe….. Tweetybird