MARRIAGE, FAMILY, and INTIMATE RELATIONS

Sociology 210



Lane Community College
at Cottage Grove
Spring 2001
Mondays at 6:30-9:20 PM...Rm 137

Voice Mail.........741-1212 (Mailbox 7804)
E-Mail......................socshop@yahoo.com
Home Phone...............................736-0204

David H. Kessel


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LCC Catalog Course Description
Class Policies and General Comments
What you'll need for SOC 210
Wadsworth's Virtual Society Surfing Lessons---A Tutorial
Required Reading Materials
Schedule of Topics and Readings
Assignments and Instructions
Due Dates
Summary of Points in Course
Analysis Paper Topics
Grading Scale
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LCC Catalog Course Description

Topics include romantic love, sexual patterns, courting and dating, intimate relationships, happiness and tension and conflict in relationships, separations, divorces, widowhood, remarriages, family systems in other cultures, family system in America, minority family patterns, current changes, and prospects for the future. Presents sociological descriptions and explanations of these topics and also guides students into ways of coping better in their own relationships

































Grading Scale



A = 94-100 (Excellent)
A- = 90-93 (Good/Excellent)

B+ = 87-89 (Very Good)
B = 83-86 (Good)
B- = 80-82 (Good/Fair)

C+ = 77-79 (Fair)
C = 73-76 (Fair/Basic)
C- = 70-72 (Basic)

D+ = 66-69 (Poor/Basic)
D = 60-65 (Poor)

F = ??-59 (Needs alot more)




























































Required Reading Materials



Sociological Concepts

Marriages and Families, 7th Ed. by Lamanna and Riedmann

Infotrac (Wadsworth)

Assigned Materials in The Sociology Shop

In-Class Handouts

Additional Readings...by Chapter

Chapters 1 & 2---INTRODUCTION AND PERSPECTIVES

HANDOUT: The American Family

HANDOUT: The Way We Weren't

The Way We Really Are
A Summary...chapter by chapter...of Coontz's excellent book

An Interview with Stephanie Coontz
Very good interview...but a very strange title



Chapter 3---GENDERED IDENTITIES

HANDOUT: Mills' Structural Model

HANDOUT: Human Liberation Poem

HANDOUT: Gender Allocation in Selected Technological Activities in 224 Societies

"X: A Fabulous Child's Story"

HANDOUT: Androgyny: As an Ideal for Human Development

HANDOUT: How to Hold a Wife: A Bridegroom's Guide...by...Jennifer S. Macleod



Chapter 4---LOVE

HANDOUT: Quotes from Marx, Fromm, and Overstreet

The Art of Love for the Emotionally-Impaired

Jealousy: Causes and a Possible Cure
Written by Emma Goldman some time around 1912...abd quite to the point.

Marriage and Love
More Emma...hold on...she's pretty blunt here...

Close Relationships Questionaire
What is your "Attachment Style"?

Kid's Definitions of Love



Chapter 5---SEXUALITY

HANDOUT: Harry Overstreet Quotes

HANDOUT: Self-questions concerning Sexuality

Does Sex Education Work?

Letter writer questions definitions of Promiscuous Sex and re-examines love

It's Natural (Masturbation)

Steps in Overcoming Masturbation

FAQ about Bisexuality



Chapter 6---SINGLEHOOD

NONE



Chapter 7---DATING/COURTSHIP/COHABITATING

NONE



Chapter 8



Chapter 9



Chapter 10



Chapters 11 & 12---PARENTING

The Influence of Social Factors in Child Development...by Erich Fromm

HANDOUT: Am I Parent Material?

HANDOUT: The Child and It's Enemies...by Emma Goldman



Chapter 14

NONE



CONCLUSION

Overstreet Quote about Marriage and Family

The Future is Now






































Schedule of Topics and Readings



4/02………Introduction/TSS/Sociological Concepts/ What is a Family? (Chpt 1)

4/09………Family cont. and Perspectives (Chpt 2)

4/16………Gendered Identities (Chpt 3)

4/23………Love (Chpt 4) & Sexuality (Chpt 5)

4/30………Sexuality cont. and Singlehood/Dating (Chpts 6 & 7)

5/07………Marriages (Chpt 8) & Conflict (Chpt 9)

5/14………Power/Violence (Chpt 10) and Parenting (Chpts 11 & 12)

5/21………Parenting cont. & Stepparenting (Chpt 15) and Work (Chpt 13)

5/28………NO CLASS---MEMORIAL DAY

6/04………Divorce (Chpt 14) & Stress (Chpt 16) & Conclusion

6/11………Finals Week




























Assignments and Instructions



Analysis Papers

There will be five (5) analysis papers on a variety of topics...each is worth 20 points...for a total of 100 points. Minimum length is 1 page...Maximum is 3 pages.

Internet Assignment

An assignment utilizing the Internet to research M/F sites of interest to you...worth 100 pts. Instructions are HERE

Discretionary Assignment

This assignment...worth 100 points...allows you to choose your own kind of assignments. Instructions are HERE

Final Exam

This exam...worth 100 points...covers all the materials of the course. It will be a Take-Home Essay test.
























Due Dates



4/09...............................Analysis Paper #1 Due

4/16...............................Analysis Paper #2 Due

4/30...............................Analysis Paper #3

5/07...............................Internet Assignment Due

5/21...............................Analysis Paper #4

6/04...............................Discretionary Assignment

6/04...............................Pass Out Final Exam

6/11...............................Final and AP #5 Due...6-8 in our Classroom


























Summary of Points in the Course



100 pts...................Analysis Papers
100 pts...................Internet Assignment
100 pts...................Discretionary Assign
100 pts...................Final Exam
400 pts...................Total Points



























































Analysis Paper Topics



Analysis Paper #1

Do this one if you've NEVER TAKEN a course with me...

You've just read and considered some "Sociological Concepts" which are pertinent to a Critical Sociologicl approach. Some may have been familiar (from other Sociology courses you've taken) and some not...but whichever the case, I'd like you to try your hand at summarizing what you've read here. While you certainly don't have to mention each and every idea, try to be as inclusive (i.e. complete) as you can. So, overall...what "sense" does all of this make to you? Go on, give it a try...that's the point...trying.

Do this one if you HAVE TAKEN a course with me already...

After reviewing the "Sociological Concepts" pertinent to a Critical Sociological approach...the ones you were introduced to already, speculate about how we will apply/use these ideas in our study of Marriage and Family. I suggest, as a guide, that you take a look at the various topics in our textbook. What areas would need a critical analysis?

Analysis Paper #2

Two major issues in studying marriage and the family are...is the family declining or is it changing?...and is our emphasis on individuality running counter to "familism"? Both are discussed in Chapter 1 and 2...what do you think?

Analysis Paper #3

Analyze this "gender" material...just what do you think about it all? How does it apply to you? Think critically about it...this is "root" stuff here.

Analysis Paper #4

You may do ONE of the following:

1. Assess JEALOUSY as a part of your life...Are you? If so, what type(s) (according to our class lecture) dominate? What can you do about it>

2. What is your view on SEXUALITY...in general and...about particular things. If you'd like, you can use the "Self-questions concerning Sexuality" as a guide.

3. Fill out the questionaire about Important Reasons to Marry or Not Marry...assess your own ranking in comparison to what you said for Men and Women, appropriately

4. Assess COHABITATION...is it or would it be a viable choice for you personally, why or why not? Any conditions at all you'd consider it?

Analysis Paper #5

Evaluate yourself in this course...not grade-wise...but rather, about the ideas, your reactions to them, your classmates (not individually, of course) discussions, and the course overall. Where and why were you reluctant to be swayed or in other words, what was the learning process like for you? Also, tell me what you thought of the textbook...and...the class assignments. Although I’ll probably get mentioned in this essay... the point of it is YOU, not me. (Do a serious job and you'll get the full 20 pts.)

























What You'll Need for SOC 210

YOU…
A COMPUTER/THE INTERNET/THE SOCIOLOGY SHOP
&…SOC 210


You are going to need access to a Computer for this course…with access to The Internet. Whether its your own computer…or…one in a Lab…or a friend’s computer…or one at a Library…or even one at a place like Kinko’s, they’re not that difficult to find these days. Why? Well, besides using one for a specific assignment, I’ve decided to copy less and post more for this course…saving on paper as well as costs. Assignment instructions will be online and some required readings will be online.

That also means you’ll need to learn a basic minimum of skills in navigating The Internet, The Web, Cyberspace, it has many names. It’s a tool that’s quickly become necessity in today’s world…especially as it relates to academics. If you have no experience in doing this, there’s plenty of help available especially at LCC and on the Web itself. I've put a link in the Menu to a "beginners" tutorial. Then…there’s me…I’ll help as much as I can. So don’t panic if you’re in this category…it will be okay.

Finally, The Sociology Shop, my own website, is essential for this course. We have our own “room” in TSS, the SOC 210 Room (the Room you're in NOW) where you’ll find links to the stuff I mentioned above. There's also other rooms which you may find helpful. I will help you become familiar with TSS and how to access information, especially in our classroom.




















































































































SOC 210
Marriage and Family Relations
Spring 2001
LCC at Cottage Grove
David H. Kessel
Final Exam

DUE: MONDAY, JUNE 11 FROM 6-8 PM

MATERIALS COVERED

Textbook Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,pt of 15, 14
Handouts
Online materials in TSS

EXAM

Write an ESSAY following the progression of the subjects of the course...a substantive overview of the course material.

Start with the Sociological Concepts...what are they about and why are they necessary? (You may find it useful or beneficial to utilize some of these throughout your essay, too)

Then, summarize the course by following the sequence of topics/chapters...tie it all together. In other words, make a “whole” out of what we’ve done and covered.

How? Utilizing selected ideas from the text, handouts, and online materials in TSS, “paint a picture” of the subject matter of Marriage and Family as presented in this course.

NO, you don’t (or can’t) possibly use every single idea in this material...but you CAN select ideas which empahsize what you feel are the most important points to make.

NOTE

1. This is a comprehensive Final...meaning it covers all the material of the course...not just a couple topics.

2. This also means there are no short-cuts to doing this...generalized comments without details/elaboration or illustration will not fulfill the requirements of this assignment.

3. Look over the material, take your time...organize yourself...grasp the logical progression of the subjects and then write an overall portrayal of it.

4. You may handwrite or type...but I prefer typed and hope you do so.

5. Finally, a word of friendly warning: this is a college-level EXAM, not an opinion paper...you will be expected to portray ideas and material, not merely your perspective. Yes, the very selection process does and will reflect YOU, but the idea is to convey to me what you know and understand, not necessarily what you like or don’t like. Also, I would expect no less that 4-5 pages of written material.

Thank-you



































































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