Syllabus

Sociology of the Family – SSC 110-OM Spring II 2019

March 18th to May 10th, 2019

Three Credit Course

Instructor:         Gail Scaramuzzo, Ph.D.

Phone: 570-241-2014

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

Office Location:      On-line 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 10:00 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 or 13th 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 re-marriage, 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:

On or before Saturday of the first week of the course, March 23, 2019 by 11:55 PM) you will be asked to write an autobiography. 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. This will count as 30 points toward your grade. I require at least 300 words of substantive information. You will also be asked to complete a Course Navigation Quiz and a Syllabus Quiz.  The Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus quiz are in the assignment area as online quizzes, and the autobiography is located in the Discussion forum under the Topic “Let’s Get to Know One Another”. These MUST be completed by the deadlines listed on the homepage of the course and in this syllabus, by 11:55 PM on the dates assigned, or you will not be given credit. If they are not posted correctly, you will not be given credit. The Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus Quiz are worth 35 points. They must be completed by Sunday of the first week of the course (3//24//2019) by 11:55 PM. You will find these and the directions for each in the Assignment section of your course page. Each quiz MUST be completed as instructed. Please make certain that you follow these instructions. 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. 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 other pertinent study and research aids in the HANDOUT area. During the first week of class I expect you to complete your autobiography and comment on a fellow learner’s autobiography, as well as complete answers to the initial discussion questions, and the replies to fellow learners or to me. There will be a teamwork project during this course. Teams will be assigned by me. Each week assigned, by Wednesday of that week on or before 11:55 pm, each team member of the team assigned to them will find and post an article that that provides information to the topics I list that is pertinent to your research paper. Then, by the end of the week (Sunday, at 11:55 PM for the weeks assigned), each team member of a given team will synopsize another team member’s posted article and state why it helped to expand the topic in question. If you do not understand, or are confused by this assignment, please contact me as soon as possible so you don’t lose points.

 

Each week there will be two (2) discussion questions posted.  You must participate and reply to each question by Thursday of each week on or before 11:55 pm. This is done so that there is time to expand the discussion prior to the end of the week. (I expect substantive answers. You must contribute pertinent content that relates to your text and submit external research you have found that will contribute to the topic discussion. Perhaps you can find something you can use in the teamwork articles that are posted.) You must respond to each DQ question topic, first giving your input regarding the topic and then participating in a discussion about the topic with fellow learners. Your grade will depend on the depth and breadth that you give to each topic. I expect to see at least an initial post to the two initial questions and then at least 2 additional replies during the week that are substantive and on point regarding the topics.  (One or two sentence replies with general comments like, “great reply.” Or, “I wish I said that.”  Will not be counted. You must post at least 300 words of critical thought for each reply,  with at least one external resource added as an in-text citation).Each initial reply to the two initial questions is worth up to 10 points for a total of 20 points for the week. You must submit input at least 6 times during each week. One post to answer each Initial Question, (due before 11:30 PM on Thursday of each week), and then reply at least four more times before the end of each week. Additional replies are worth 4.5 points each for a total of 18 points each week. As you know, this 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. It doesn’t matter what time of day that you respond) since this is an on-line course where you work at your own pace in your own time frame, as long as you follow the deadlines for each assignment.. However, you must post and reply at least 6 times during the week, and post your article and synopsis, each week that is assigned, or you will be dropped from the course. (This is how attendance is tracked.)  So, in order to document that you are in class for that period, you must post the required number of times each week, or you will be dropped from the course. 

 

Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

Each week assigned, you will do some research and find an article that pertains to the topic I assign to your team.  This will be posted in the teamwork section of the course before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM during the weeks assigned). Then each team member will read another team member’s article and create a synopsis of the article and post the synopsis as a reply, and explain how it pertains to one of the topics for the research paper. Your synopsis is due at the end of the weeks assigned on Sunday by 11:55 PM.

 

Please contact me immediately if you have any questions. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward helping you to collect research for your research paper.

 

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 to5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.) Teams will be assigned by me. Please check the Team Listings in the Discussion area of the course in the first week’s discussion area of the course. Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit.

 

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 top of your completed research paper).

3.       Where you could improve (I will comment at the top 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 and I will deduct 2 points for its use.)

5.       Why you received the grade that you did (I will explain at the beginning of your competed research paper).

You will also have points deducted for:

1.     Incorrect spelling (up to 10 points)

2.     Absence of scholarly input. Please do not use slang, or text shorthand. (up to 5 points)

3.     Incorrect usage of in-text references (up to 5 points)

4.     Less than 300 words in each of the 2 posts in the discussion forum and less than 150 words in the 4 replies each week. (up to 4 points for less than the required word count in each paragraph)

5.  Absence of an exterior research source in your discussion posts. (2 point deduction)

 

Please feel free to call on me for 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 10:0 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. DO NOT Text me. DO NOT use any other email but your Falcon’s email. I will not reply.

 

Online Course 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 courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add will automatically be dropped from the course.

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Course Resources 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 discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?
  • Did I meet the criteria for the number of words required in each post and reply?
  • Did I include an in-text scholarly citation that supported my input in each post and reply?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

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.

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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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 emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • If your assignments are not handed in on time, you will receive a zero
  • If you do not post properly and on time, each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 

Grading

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

 

Grading:

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

 

You are required to post four answers each week. Deliver input into the Teamwork section consisting of research articles and synopsis and analysis of these articles during the time lines listed in the syllabus and complete the Course Navigation Quiz, your autobiography and syllabus quiz on time and completely. You will be graded on all seven weeks’ worth of work. 

Academic Integrity Statement                                                                          4 points

Course Navigation Quiz on or before the end of the first week of class         35 points

Autobiography on or before the end of the first week of class                        30 points

Syllabus quiz on or before the end of the first week of class                           35 points

2 initial DQ posts each week                                                                                 140 points   -- 20 points each week

2 additional posts each week                                                                                126 points   -- 18 points each week

1 teamwork posting each week assigned                                                               30 points     -- 10 points each week

1 Research Paper                                                                                             100 points

 TOTAL POINTS FOR COURSE                                                                500 points

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • If your assignments are not handed in on time, you will receive a zero
  • If they are not submitted in the proper forum or assigned online area, you will not receive credit. No assignment will be accepted through email. NO EXCEPTIONS. Research Papers must be submitted in RTF or WORD format. NO EXCEPTIONS>
  • 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, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 

Rubrics:

Rubric for Discussion Question Posts

20 points per week for a total of 140 points

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Post answers to both discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation 2 posts per week containing at least 300 words. Initial posts are due on Thursday of each week by 11:55 PM. An external scholarly article citation must also be included in each post each week.

 140 for the course

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least 2 more replies, to fellow learners and/or the instructor. Each reply must contain at least 200 words and must be submitted before Sunday for each week. An external scholarly article citation must also be included in each post each week.

 126 for the course

 

 

 

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.

No credit

 

 

 

Read the Good Discussions document in the HANDOUTS and LINKS section of the course and in this syllabus. 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 substantive. The initial posts for the discussion questions

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Additional Participation Rubric:

What should I do:  Please make certain that after you answer the initial questions, that you post at least two replies as additional input in the discussion area for that specific week.  These posts must be substantive and pertain to the topics relating to the questions and your text and to the contributions of your fellow learners or to me. They must be at least 200 words in length and must be supported by scholarly sources that are posted with your answers. (Please use APA citation form).

Points Available: Each answer is worth up to 9points depending on the depth and content of the answers. 3 points will be deducted if word content is less than 200 words, or if a citation is missing.

Did I do this: You can use this section to help you to monitor your own progress and double check that you have met each requirement successfully.   _____________________________________________

Where? Please identify exactly where you believe you have met each requirement. If there are outside sources that are required, maintain a record in case you need to validate your efforts to your instructor. ________________________________________________________

Points earned: You will find the points earned after each assignment            has been completed in the assignment tab of your course.

Teamwork Rubric

Point Value: 10 points

  • Choose an article that expands the body of knowledge regarding the topic assigned.
  • Post the article in your team’s teamwork assignment area by Friday for the first week and by Wednesdays for the second and third week. Make certain the article is posted on time and is from a scholarly source that will expand our knowledge base specific to the topic assigned.
  • Synopsize a fellow learner’s posted article and indicate why it is pertinent to the topic that we are discussing.
  • The article posting is worth up to 5 points and the article synopsis is also worth 5 points.

Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • No Late work will be accepted. No exceptions!
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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. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

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: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.

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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 Seven

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, The topics to be Divorce, Remarriage and Stepfamilies and Aging 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

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

 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 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 listed. These days are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences.

 

Remember: Completion of Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Syllabus Quiz and Completion of the Autobiography must be accomplished by 11:55 PM, on the days listed on the course page and syllabus to receive credit. No exceptions!

 

Week One: March 18th to March 24th, 2019

 

  • Complete the Syllabus and Course Navigation Quizzes.
  • Complete Academic Integrity 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.

 

 

  • Week 1 Discussion Questions.
  • 1.  What basic knowledge do you have at present, regarding Sociology of the Family? What do you expect to learn after taking this course?
  • 2.   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 listed in your specific team section. 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 submit 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 April 29th, 2018 at 11:55 PM. The articles must be submitted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week designated and the synopsis must be submitted 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. Include the impact that the “Me Too” movement and the “Time’s Up” Movement is having on gender equality in the U.S. 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. Investigate whether age is a factor in the decision to marry or to remain single. 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? Do you think that birth control should be available as an over-the-counter product rather than a prescription drug? If so, discuss how this might impact poor women. Include this in your narrative.

Week 2: March 25th, to March 31, 2019

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: April 1nd to April 7th, 2019

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 as to parents’ view of success for sons and daughters then and now? Has it changed??
  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.

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: April 8th to April 14th, 2019

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? Do you think that the traditional definition of marriage is becoming obsolete?              
  2.   Discuss the increase in same sex unions and its implications regarding the future definition of marriage.

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:  April 15th to April 21nd, 2019

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 do you think 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.

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:  April 22rd to April 28th, 2019

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.  Discuss how a stepfamily can create support bonds and become resilient. What are the pitfalls in this type of family dynamic? 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.

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, (April 28th, 2019 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. Include the impact that the “Me Too” movement and the “Time’s Up” Movement is having on gender equality in the U.S. 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. Investigate whether age is a factor in the decision to marry or to remain single. 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? Do you think that birth control should be available as an over-the-counter product rather than a prescription drug? If so, discuss how this might impact poor women. Include this in your narrative.

 

Note Well:

 

YOUR RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE THIS WEEK BY 11:55 PM, ON April 28th, 2019 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:  April 29th to May 10th, 2019

Topics: Divorce, Remarriage, Aging Families and Stepfamilies

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

  1. 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?
  2. 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.

Can you recommend any changes or improvements to this course that will assist future learners?

 

  1. 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.

 

 

Welcome to Marriages and Families!