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Sociology of the Family – SSC 110-OM Fall II 2017

October 18th to December 8th, 2017

Three Credit Course

Instructor:         Gail Scaramuzzo, Ph.D.

Phone: 570-241-2014

E-Mail: gail.scaramuzzo@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Location:        Online at the above e-mail address

Office Hours:            Students can reach me through the falcon’s e-mail (only!) or my cell

                                   Phone. I will answer e-mails within 24 hours and I can be reached

                                   On my cell phone between the hours of 9:30 AM and 10:00 PM.

                                   Please leave a message if I am not available and I will return your

                                   Call as soon as possible after your message is left.

 Text: Marriages, Families, & Relationships – Making Choices in a Diverse Society, Lamanna, M.A., Riedmann, A. 12th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning.   This book is a learning resource tool. The readings are important. There may be a copy in the Lackawanna College library for your use. Check to see if it is available.

Description:

The content of this course outlines the current sociological trends and issues in relationships, marriages, and families along with the major theoretical approaches to those topics. Issues regarding cultural variations and local influences to those relationships are also presented. Other matters discussed are parenting and child socialization as well as the development of the stages of the family unit. Other material covered includes, but is not limited to, trends and issues in divorce and remarriage, blended family units, single family units and the issues of child abuse and the identification of community child and family services.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student shall be able to satisfy the following outcomes and expectations:

Identify the current sociological trends and issues in marriages and families.
Describe the viewpoints of the major theoretical approaches to marriages and families.
Discuss the cultural variations and influences on marriages and families.
Explain influences and issues in parenting and child socialization.
Understand the concerns associated with developmental stages of families.
Discuss trends and issues in divorce and re-marriage.
Explore the trends and issues in family abuse.
Identify community child and family services. (3 Credits)

Requirements:

By the end of this course, the student shall be able to satisfy the following outcomes and expectations:

~ Discuss and define the functions a family performs

~ Discuss the changing definition and function of the family and marriage

~ Discuss the major demographic changes in the family

~ Discuss the micro-level and macro-level perspectives of why families are changing

~ Discuss the emergence of the modern family

~ Discuss the myths concerning marriage and family

~ Discuss family violence and health issues and have knowledge of the services available to alleviate these problems

~ Discuss divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies

Evaluation:

Your first assignment should be the completion of the Academic Honesty Pledge listed in the discussion area of your course. This is worth 6 points and must be completed EXACTLY the way the instructions are written. (There are points deducted if you do not follow the instructions or if you do not use proper grammar, spelling, and syntax).

 On or before the first Sunday, after the course begins, (October 22nd, 2017) you will be asked to write an Autobiography (Let’s Get to Know One Another in the Discussion area in the first week). Please make certain it is in-depth and speaks to the reasons you are choosing to obtain a college education and why you feel this course will be of benefit to you. It must be at least 2 paragraphs in length, and for this course, a paragraph is defined as 5-6 sentences of pertinent and on-point information. This will count as 20 points toward your grade. After you complete your Autobiography I expect you to comment on a fellow learner’s autobiography.  

 You will also be asked to complete a Course Navigation Quiz and a Syllabus Quiz. They are online exams in the assignment area of your course page. They are also worth 20 points. These and the autobiography MUST be completed before Sunday, October 22nd, 2017at 11:30 PM. If the Course Navigation Quiz, Syllabus Quiz and the Autobiography are not completed by 11:55 PM on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 11:55 PM, you will not be given credit.

The Autobiography must be completed as a reply to my original post in Week 1 discussions and the Course. Navigation Quiz and Syllabus Quiz must be completed as an online exam. If they are not posted correctly, you will not be given credit.

 I CANNOT accept any assignment that is late or that is not submitted properly. Please don’t ask me to do this. Have a backup computer in case yours doesn’t work, give yourself enough time to make alternate arrangements if there’s a glitch. (And this DOES happen!) (PROCRASTINATION CAUSES FAILURE! This is a very intense course and all assignments and requirements must be posted timely and in the right places for you to succeed. You will also find the pertinent study and research aids in the HANDOUT area. Check the Home Page of the Course each week to make certain you complete all assignments.

 Your teamwork assignments will begin during the second week of class and you will be required to post in the teamwork area during week two, week four and week seven.  I expect you to post input in the Teamwork category as required.  Each team will be given a topic each week that I designate, and will require research. After research, an article must be posted by each team member that pertains to the topic assigned. The article must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week assigned, in order to give other team members time to discuss and post input to each other’s articles. Each team member must read and synopsize another team member’s article each week it is required. (Do not post or synopsize the same article. If the same learner’s article is posted or synopsized by more than one team member, the team member who posts their article or synopsis first will get credit. No credit will be given for duplicate postings. Each article should be assessed individually.) The topic must be synopsized and analyzed by commenting and giving input on each other’s posted articles. Comments and input on the posted articles must be posted prior to 11:55 pm at the end of each week.  Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points, up to 5 points for the posted article and up to 5 points for the synopsis and analysis of another learner’s post. Your teamwork assignment will be posted for week 2, week 4 and on week 7 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me during the first week of the course. There will be a Topic in the Teamwork area labeled Team Listings for Teamwork Project. Topics will be listed in each of the designated week’s Teamwork team section.

 Each week you will have two (2) Threaded Discussion Topics (TDT) in which you must participate, and give input. (I expect substantive answers. You must contribute pertinent content that relates to your text and submits external research you have found that will contribute to the topic discussion. Please note well…Each reply, both original and additional participation input must be AT LEAST 2 paragraphs long (remember the definition of a paragraph for this course) and MUST contain AT LEAST one external scholarly resource that will support your input and opinion. (There will be a 3 point deduction for a missing paragraph and/or a missing citation in your initial answers and a 1 point deduction for any of these absences in your additional participation).  Perhaps you can find something you can use in the teamwork articles that are posted. Your text is a good source of information, but please do not use only your text for your research submissions. I know what the text says…I’d like to see that you have looked further to expand your knowledge base beyond the text.) You must respond to each topic, first giving your input regarding the topic and then participating in a discussion about the topic with fellow learners or with me. Your grade will depend on the depth and breadth that you give to each topic. I expect to see at least two posts on four different days. (One or two sentence posts with general comments like, “great post.” or, “I wish I said that.” will not be counted. You must post at least two paragraphs of critical thought for each post and include an external scholarly resource).  (These posts will be entered in the discussion thread.) Each Discussion Question answer is worth 10 points and the six replies to fellow learners or to me are worth 3 points apiece or 18 points for the week. You must also post every week indicated in the course schedule. As you know, an online course is a very condensed method of learning. I must have full participation so that we can cover all of the work necessary for you to absorb the extensive material that is being provided. I too will be participating in the Threaded Discussions as the moderator and I will interject some comments and questions. Remember: Post at least eight times a week, substantively, for full credit.  Please note that the initial answers to the two discussion questions must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week in order to obtain credit. It doesn’t matter what time of day that you respond since this is an online course where you work at your own pace in your own time frame. However, if you do not post each week, you will be dropped from the course.  (This is how attendance is tracked.) 

So, to recap, you must answer the two discussion questions by 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week and you must post the article required in the teamwork section of the discussion page before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week listed in order to get credit for the work. This is required so that all learners will have the opportunity to have time to synopsize the articles posted and create an in-depth discussion of the topics each week. The rest of the participation, i.e. the other 6 interactions with fellow learners (or me) and the synopsis of another learner’s article is due each Sunday designated, by 11:55 PM. 

 There will be several Topics listed. They will be labeled as General Questions; Let’s get to know one another. (Post your autobiography here as a reply to my original posting of my autobiography); Discussion; Teamwork (Article Synopsis and Posting). The Topic called General Questions is an area where you should post questions that may be of interest to all fellow learners. If you have a personal question, please call me or e-mail me for a personal response. This section will also list some things that will help you to succeed during the course. The Topics called Discussion Questions is the area in which you answer the two questions that will be posted each week and where you will post answers to other learners’ questions and posts. The Topic called Teamwork is an area where I require topic research. After research, an article must be posted by each team member that pertains to the topic assigned. And then a fellow learner’s article must be synopsized by you.

 Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

For each week designated, you will be given a subject (or topic) to research. Each member of the team will find a "scholarly" article to contribute on the subject (This article must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week listed). Then each team member will read another team member's article and create a synopsis of the article, post the synopsis as a reply and explain how it pertains to one of the paper topics that are listed as approved topics for the research paper. (Which is due at the end of week six, before 11:55 PM on November 26th, 2017 at 11:55 PM) The articles must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week listed and the synopsis must be posted before 11:55 PM at the end of each week listed (Sundays at 11:55 PM). The topics that will be researched can be used to create your research paper. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward research for the three topics that are listed for the papers. (You may also use other scholarly research for your papers).  Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to 5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.)Your teamwork assignment begins in Week 2 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me during the first week of the course. Check the teamwork section to find the topic called Teams for the Teamwork Assignment. This research can assist you in the creation of your final paper. If each of you researches the topic in the Teamwork topic area it will help all of you because you will have information to be used for your papers that is collected by the team groups, instead of individually. Make certain your articles are pertinent and a lot of the work for your papers could be complete before you start! Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit, neither will duplicate synopses.

 There is one paper for this course, due November 26th, 2017 by 11:55 PM. This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least six to eight scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page. This shouldn’t be difficult if you use the Teamwork topic resource on your discussion page). The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course in the Writing Well section for information. I have posted a specific format for your paper. Use this information to create your paper, please.) The paper should be between 6-8 pages. (There is a deduction for ½ pages and for extra spacing.) I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a cover page, abstract page and separate reference page are not included or are not correct. The topics for this paper (There are three from which to choose) will be listed in the course schedule later in the syllabus body for week 6, and on the Homepage of the Course. The topic must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources (remember the Teamwork section). Please make certain that you understand what is required for this paper. You may contact me with any questions you have and I will clarify them for you. If you don’t, you will jeopardize your grade. Remember…Procrastination leads to failure! And …”The only silly question is the one that is never asked!”  In response to your assignments, your grades will include the following format:

  1. What was expected (see the criteria listed above)?
  2. What you did well (I will comment at the beginning of your paper).
  3. Where you could improve (I will comment at the beginning of your paper).
  4. Writing skills (Since you are a college student, I will require that you provide scholarly writing and resources. PLEASE do not use Wikipedia as a resource. It will not count. There will be a 2 point deduction if you do.)
  5. Why you received the grade that you did (I will explain at the top of your paper).

Please feel free to call me to discuss any difficulties you may be having. Again, I respond to all e-mail within 24 hours. You may also post general questions on the course page in the GENERAL QUESTIONS posting area on the course page. I answer telephone calls between the hours of 9:30 AM and 10:00 PM each day the course is in session. If I don’t answer immediately, leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:

 

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course                                4

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 

                                         0

 

 

Maximum days allowed each week without discussion

3

 

Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar. (See your handbook).

 To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

 Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course, in consequence, may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.  

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

Instructor Policies

  • All assignments labeled to be sent to the file exchange must be sent to the file exchange in the assignment portion of your course page, on time and complete before the deadline. Any assignment or paper sent late will not receive any credit. There is no grace period. I cannot accept any assignment sent through any other means than the one indicated for assignment completion. Please note well…I CANNOT accept any assignment sent to me through email. It cannot be documented and it will not count. There are no exceptions.
  • All students must use their falcon's e-mail and my falcon's e-mail to contact me. Anything sent from another e-mail account will not be answered since I may not recognize it. 
  • If you are having problems submitting any of your assignments to the course page, file exchange or e-mail, please contact technical support@lackawanna.edu. or the IT staff at the Main Campus, Room 217.

Grading:

This course is graded on a point scale. 500 points equal a grade of 100 percent. 

 You are required to submit one paper, post in the discussion area at least 8 times each week, deliver input into the Teamwork section consisting of research articles and synopsis and analysis of these articles during the timelines listed in the syllabus and complete the course navigation quiz, syllabus quiz  as well as your autobiography on time and completely. You will be graded on all eight weeks of work. 

Academic Honesty Pledge                                                                        6 points

Course Navigation Quiz                                                                           20 points

Autobiography                                                                                        20 points

Syllabus quiz                                                                                          20 points

8 weeks of 2 discussion questions    (read schedule for direction)    160 points (up to 10 points for each discussion question answer, each week)

6 posts for participation each week on 4 different days                     144 points (18 points each week)

Teamwork posts each week, to include article posting and synopsis and analysis of another team members’ article (read schedule for direction)     (3 weeks ) 10 points  (up to 5 points for article 5 points for synopsis each week to equal 10 points each week total)                                                                        30 points

6-8 page research paper in APA style with at least 6-8 scholarly

References listed on a separate reference page, an abstract, a cover page and

APA formatting and style, Deductions will be made for mistakes in

grammar, syntax, and spelling.                                                              100 points

TOTAL POINTS FOR COURSE                                                                 500 points

 The grade scale below is the ONLY grade scale to be used. On occasion, the portal grading area has a different scale. The scale below is accurate and your grade will be calculated from the percentages you earn using the scale below.

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

  • There will be no “extra credit” for coursework.
  • If your paper is not handed in on time, you will receive a zero. Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your assignment. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes there is a glitch, and your paper might not upload correctly or at all. Give yourself enough time. Remember: Procrastination Causes Failure!
  • If you do not post each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added in the discussion and in the teamwork area per the requirements, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 Important Information

 The Rubrics help you to focus and to succeed. They tell you exactly what you need to do and then tell you exactly how many points each thing is worth. In the Lackawanna College online courses, the rubrics are interactive. This means that you can actually fill in the rubric’s columns to double check that you have met each requirement as you develop and review your work. Us the rubrics to guide you as you work and it is possible to get 100% on everything you hand in!

 Discussion Rubric

38 points per week for a total of 304 points

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 Posts , submitted by Wednesday of each week by 11:30 PM) 

 20

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least 6 more replies, on 4 different days, to fellow learners and/or the instructor.

 18

 

 

 

Make certain you use correct grammar, spelling and syntax. Also make certain you use proper netiquette

-2 for each error

 

 

 

Please respond to other learners and to your instructor in a civil manner using proper netiquette. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Scholarly input is educational not adversarial.

 

 

 

 

To make certain you understand, remember and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said”, “I see”, “I agree”, or “Good thinking” are NOT acceptable. You must also make certain you don’t repeat what others have said. You will not receive credit for these types of answers.

0

 

 

 

Read the Good Discussions document in the HANDOUTS and LINKS section of the course. It will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class.

 

 

 

 

Be certain all responses are clear and detailed and are posted at least two times on four different days, to total 8 posts each week. The initial posts for the discussion questions are included, but they must be posted by Wednesday of each week by 11:55 PM.

 

 

 

 

Make certain that all responses are detailed and relate to the course readings and notes, your own everyday lie, or both. This will ensure that you provide your fellow learners with something that is not generic and will help all of us learn from what you have contributed.

 

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION CONTENT:

38

 

 

 

  Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

(Please see student handbook for more information)

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.
Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based harassment. 

 Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Carolyn Quinn, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, QuinnC@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

 Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 Course Schedule

 

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

 

 

 

 

Weeks One through Eight

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week One

Preliminary input so that all learners will know what to expect. Self-analysis of learning expectations and present views of the course topic is discussed.

Overview of all objectives met and instructor garners an idea of what needs to be addressed during the course.

 

Discussion questions for the first week give the instructor an idea of what needs to be covered to meet all objectives for this course.

Week  Two

Discussion of Marriage, relationships, and family commitments, exploring the family in Today’s society and American families in social context

 

Objectives #1, #2 and #3

Review of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 as well as discussion input from learners

Week Three

Discussion of Gender, Choosing a life partner, Commitment and our Sexual Selves.

 

Objectives #3, #4 and #6

Teamwork project input examines the depth of knowledge each learner brings to the table. Review of chapters 4, 5 and 6

Week Four

Discussion of Marriage: From a social institution to a private relationship; Living alone; Same sex unions; Non-Marital Living Arrangements and Cohabitation; Choosing a marriage partner.

 

Objectives #1, #2, #3, #5 and #6

Review of ongoing research for paper in the teamwork section. Article postings pertaining to topic. Review of Chapters 7, 8 and 9 Input from learners regarding the topic in the discussion area indicates growing knowledge of the subject. Review of Chapters 10, 11 and 12

Week Five

The topics discussed this week are: Parenting, Raising Children and Work and Families.

Objectives #5. #7 and #9

Input from learners regarding the topic in the discussion area indicates growing knowledge of the subject. Review of Chapters 10, 11 and 12

 

 

Week Six

 

 

The topics reviewed this week were Communication, Power and Violence, Stress and Resilience in Families.

 

 

 

All Objectives

 

 

Input from learners will document the strengths and weaknesses so that individual attention can continue to be given at this point in the course. The assignments in the teamwork section will support assessment of the goals that require achievement. Research Paper will assess content learned. Chapters 13 and 14and 15 will be reviewed.

 

Week Seven

The topics to be discussed are Divorce, Remarriage and Stepfamilies and Aging families.

 

Objectives #6, #7 and #8

The assignments in the teamwork section will support assessment of the goals that require achievement. Chapters 16 and 17 will add depth to the discussion.

Chapter 18 is reviewed and discussed.

Week Eight

This week we gather input from each learner as to what they have learned from this course and how they will use it going forward as well as a request from each student regarding their thoughts on improving the course work or content.

Objectives #6, #7 and #8

The increase in the knowledge base and the improvement in critical thinking will be ascertained through the answers to the week eight questions.

 

All assignments must be submitted by 11:55 PM of the day they are due.  (The discussion question answers must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesdays and the Article in the Teamwork section must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesdays also).

  You are also required to submit one (1) paper. It must be submitted through the file exchange.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to post topic input each week  with a minimum of eight postings, one to answer each discussion question (2 posts) and six other posts  to respond to another learner’s post for each topic (6 posts).

You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion section of the course on the weeks listed. Please make certain you participate on all the days posted. These days are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences.

 Remember: Completion of Course Navigation Quiz, Syllabus Quiz and Completion of the Autobiography must be accomplished by 11:55 PM, on October 22nd, 2017 to receive credit. No exceptions!

 Week One: October 18th to October 22nd, 2017

 Complete the Syllabus Quiz

  • Complete Discussion Questions one and two.
  • Read Chapter One, Two and Three for next week’s discussion.
  • Teamwork introduction. Check teamwork section for your team listing.
  • Instructions and information regarding your research paper for this course.
  • Complete Autobiography and Course Navigation Quiz

   Please answer the following questions during the first week of class.

 What basic knowledge do you have at present, regarding Sociology of the Family? What do you expect to learn after taking this course?

  1. Before reading your text, what groups do you perceive as a “family”? How would you define the term “sociology of the family” at present

Please read Chapters 1, 2 and 3 for next week’s discussion.

Please utilize the PowerPoint outlines to assist you with your coursework.

Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

To repeat, each week you will be given a subject to research. Each member of the team will find a "scholarly" article to contribute on the subject and then each team member will read another team member's article and create a synopsis of the article and then post the synopsis as a reply and explain how it pertains to one of the papers that are listed as approved topics for the research paper due on November 26th, 2017 at 11:55 PM. The articles must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week designated and the synopsis must be posted before 11:55 PM by the end of that week (Sunday at 11:55 PM). The topics that will be researched may be used to create your research paper. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward research for the three topics that are listed for the papers. Please contact me immediately if you have any questions.

 Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5points for the article posted and up to 5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.)Your teamwork assignment begins on week 2 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me during the first week of the course. Check the teamwork topic to see which team where you have been placed. The research should assist you in the creation of your final paper. If each of you researches the topic in the Teamwork topic area correctly, it will help all of you because you will have information to be used for your papers, collected by all the teams, instead of individually. Make certain your articles are pertinent and a lot of the work for your papers will be complete before you start! Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit.

You are required to write a 6-8 page paper. Here are the instructions:

There is one paper for this course, due at the end of the 6th week of the course (November 26th, 2017 before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page in the Writing Well section for information. Please use these directions to obtain full credit.) The paper should be between 6-8 full pages. (The title page, the abstract page and the reference page do not count toward the total number of pages for the report). I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct. You will have three topics listed below (which your teams will be researching), to choose from, that must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources you and/or your teammates collect.

Please choose one of the following 3 topics, research the topic (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners) and provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts.

  1. How do you think the tradition of patriarchy has affected gender roles and relationships between men and women in American society? Describe the “provider role” and its evolution over the past 100 years as it pertains to men and women in today’s society. Compare and contrast the roles played by men and women in relationships in the early 20th century and those roles played by men and women in relationships today.
  2. Compare and contrast the emotional advantages and disadvantages of marriage vs. singlehood. Describe the social, demographic and economic factors that contribute to much of the current increase in the number of single Americans today. Give attention to variations or differences according to race, sex, and age as well as career choices available to men and women today as you construct your paper.
  3. Pro-life vs. Pro Choice. Compare and contrast each side’s views and support your information with scholarly input. What are the politics in the U.S. that drive the controversy? Should the government play a part in women’s reproductive choices?

 Week 2 October 23rd to October 29th, 2017

Topic: Marriage, relationships, and family commitments, exploring the family in Today’s society and American families in social context

Assignment: After reading Chapters 1-2 and 3, answer the following discussion questions:

  1. How does your perception of “family” differ or agree with the text’s definition and why? Find a theoretical perspective that supports your perceptions. Explain why you have chosen that specific theoretical perspective.
  2. Do you think that there is a growing inequity in America regarding social class and opportunities? Discuss social context and the major social-class differences concerning families in the United States Today. Do you think that the middle class is disappearing and why?

Read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 for next week’s discussion.

Complete the required work in the teamwork project for this week.

There is a PowerPoint topic section in the Discussion area that will help you to move through the readings more accurately and keep you organized.

 Week 3 October 30th to November 5th, 2017

Topics: Gender, Choosing a life partner, Commitment and our Sexual Selves.

                Assignment:  After reading Chapters 4-5-6.  Answer the following discussion questions:

  1. How are sons and daughters treated differently by their parents in today’s society as opposed to 50 years ago? Compare and contrast a view of these issues in the 1960s and in today’s society. Can you discuss some examples?
  2. Discuss your feelings about the origin of sexual orientation. What are your views about sexual orientation? Is it determined by genetics and heredity or do you feel it is a function of environmental influence, or both? Do you think that the new neuroscientific research will discover a definitive answer to the question?

Read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 for next week’s discussion.

Complete the required work in the teamwork project for this week.

There is a PowerPoint topic section in the Discussion area that will help you to move through the readings more accurately and keep you organized.

 Week 4 November 6th to November 12th, 2017

Topics: Marriage: From a social institution to a private relationship; Living alone; Same sex unions; Non-Marital Living Arrangements and Cohabitation; Choosing a marriage partner.

Assignment: After reading Chapters 7-8-9. Answer the following discussion questions:

  1.   Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of co-habitation rather than marriage. What type of legal issues can arise in each situation? How do these create a decision-making process?     
  2.   Discuss the increase in same sex unions and its implications regarding the future definition of marriage.

Read Chapters 10 and 11and 12 for next week’s discussion. Do you think the sociological climate in the U.S. is becoming more accepting or are more issues developing to hinder the process?

Complete the required work in the teamwork project for this week.

There is a PowerPoint topic section in the Discussion area that will help you to move through the readings more accurately and keep you organized.

 Week 5:  November 13th to November 19th, 2017

Topics: Parenting, Raising Children and Work and Families.

Assignment: After reading Chapters 10-11-12 and answer the following questions:

  1. Discuss the major differences in parenting styles among poverty level parents, blue-collar parents and middle and upper-middle class parents? Which of these groups utilizes the most positive parenting methods? What socio-economic issues impact each group regarding their parenting skills and methods? Does physical environment impact each parenting style?
  2. Discuss the burden that today’s married college student faces when juggling work, family and school at the same time. Do you think that unmarried college students have their own set of burdens while enrolled? What are they and how can each of these burdens be lightened by society?

Read Chapters 13, 14 and 15 for next week’s discussion.

Complete the required work in the teamwork project for this week.

There is a PowerPoint topic section in the Discussion area that will help you to move through the readings more accurately and keep you organized.

 Week 6:  November 20th to November 26th, 2017

Topics: Communication, Power and Violence, Stress and Resilience in Families.

Assignment: After reading Chapters 13-14-15, answer the following questions:

  1. Discuss some societal solutions for the problems of child abuse and neglect. Do you think child sexual abuse is preventable? Has electronic media helped or hindered child abuse issues. Does awareness help to educate the population? Does lack of education and job possibilities help to create abuses? Discuss some of the steps that can be taken to protect children.
  2. Discuss the major types of stressors that can precipitate a family crisis. Give some examples. Discuss the key differences between vulnerable and resilient families. Give some examples. What type of family do you come from? Can you analyze your family dynamic and discern the issues that make your family either vulnerable or resilient?

Read Chapters 16 and 17 for next week’s discussion.

Complete the required work in the teamwork project for this week.

There is a PowerPoint topic section in the Discussion area that will help you to move through the readings more accurately and keep you organized.

Write a 6-8 page paper with at least 6-8 scholarly references answering one of the questions or topics listed below:

There is one paper for this course, due at the end of this week, (November 26th, 2017 before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page for information.) The paper should be between 6-8 full pages. (The title page, the abstract page and the reference page do not count toward the total number of pages for the report). I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct. You will have three topics listed below which your teams will be researching, to choose from, that must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources you and your teammates collect.

Please choose one of the following 3 topics, research the topic (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners) and provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts.

  1. How do you think the tradition of patriarchy has affected gender roles and relationships between men and women in American society? Describe the “provider role” and its evolution over the past 100 years as it pertains to men and women in today’s society. Compare and contrast the roles played by men and women in relationships in the early 20th century and those roles played by men and women in relationships today.
  2. Compare and contrast the emotional advantages and disadvantages of marriage vs. singlehood. Describe the social, demographic and economic factors that contribute to much of the current increase in the number of single Americans today. Give attention to variations or differences according to race, sex, and age as well as career choices available to men and women today as you construct your paper.
  3. Pro-life vs. Pro Choice. Compare and contrast each side’s views and support your information with scholarly input. What are the politics in the U.S. that drive the controversy? Should the government play a part in women’s reproductive choices?

Note Well:

 YOUR RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE THIS WEEK BY 11:55 PM, ON November 26th, 2017 by 11:55 PM. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN IT IS UPLOADED THROUGH THE FILE EXCHANGE BEFORE THAT TIME. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE MET ALL THE CRITERIA FOR THE PAPER. I HAVE GIVEN YOU INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE SCHEDULE, ON THE HOME PAGE AND IN THE HANDOUT SECTION OF THIS COURSE, AS WELL AS THIS DIRECTIVE IN WEEK SIX. I EXPECT THAT YOUR PAPERS WILL BE SPLENDID. DON’T DISAPPOINT YOURSELVES. GOOD LUCK!

 Week 7:  November 27th to December 2nd, 2017

Topics: Divorce, Remarriage, Aging Families and Stepfamilies

Assignment: After reading Chapters 16-17 and 18, answer the following questions:

  1. Discuss how a stepfamily can create support bonds and become resilient. What are the pitfalls in this type of family dynamic? As part of the discussion, do you think that there are examples of the term “sandwich generation” in your own life? Give some examples.
  2. Has the need for eldercare increased in the last 25 years? If so, why is this happening and what are the types of programs for in-home care for the elderly and are they viable for most elderly people? If in-home care is not viable, what alternatives exist today that didn’t exist 50 years ago?
  3. Complete the required work in the teamwork project for this week.

There is a PowerPoint topic section in the Discussion area that will help you to move through the readings more accurately and keep you organized.

 Week 8:December 3rd to December 8th, 2017

Topics: Course Content and Expansion of student knowledge base

Assignment: Answer the following questions:

  1. Please document what you have learned from this course. Has it changed your views on any of the topics we covered and if, so how do you plan to use the information you have learned.
  2. Can you recommend any changes or improvements to this course that will assist future learners?

 Welcome to Marriages and Families!