SOC-132: Marriage and the Family

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Marriage and the Family
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Examines how to become more aware of the personal decisions one makes in life and of the cultural influences affecting decisions relating to family situations. Areas of discussion include definitions of marriage and the family, married partners as individuals, becoming partners, experiencing family commitment, changing commitments, and cross-cultural comparisons.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The social construction of ideas about marriage and family. (Learning Objectives 1, 6)
  2. The connections between family and other social institutions. (Learning Objective 2)
  3. The role of class in marriage and family. (Learning Objectives 3, 6)
  4. The role of class in marriage and family. (Learning Objectives 3, 6)
  5. Contemporary problems related to marriage and family. (Learning Objectives 3, 6)
  6. Theoretical perspectives on marriage and family. (Learning Objective 4)
  7. Contemporary marriage and family issues. (Learning Objective 5)
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Provide examples of how aspects of family life are socially constructed, varying between cultures, across times, and between individuals.
  2. Explain how family life is influenced by other major social institutions, such as the economy, government, or religion.
  3. Describe ways in which sociological factors, such as class, religion, or race influence personal decisions in dating and marriage.
  4. Describe how sociological theories examine and explain features of family life.
  5. Describe contemporary controversies related to marriage and family.
  6. Analyze how one’s own views and values concerning marriage and family are linked to one’s background (i.e., gender, race/ethnicity, religion, etc.).*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Each instructor will identify and implement appropriate methods to assess the achievement of the learning objectives for the course.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2016
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2016