Marriage and the Family

FCS 320 or SOC 310 (same course)

Required Textbook:
Marriages and Families:
Changes, Choices, and Constraints

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Author:  Benokraitis
Edition: 8th*
ISBN:  9781269651301

The text may be purchased at the SCC Campus Bookstore, or Student Book Exchange, or various online bookstores like Amazon or; or download an e-text, or check into renting a book at

There should also be a copy of the text at the SCC Library Reserve Desk and the Davis Center for a 2 hour maximum checkout.

*If you choose to use a different edition of the text, it is your responsibility to compare your text with the current text for updated information and reorganization of the material. (Older copies of the text might be found on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resource Center.)

Video Series Enhanced Online-Class
Our Families, Ourselves

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The VIDEO SERIES “Our Families, Ourselves” accompanies this course. You will view 18 professionally produced half-hour programs introducing key concepts and facts. Selected experts provide commentary.

Where to View Course Videos: Students should be able to view the videos through our D2L Website for FREE. You will need to use Safari as your web browser.

(For $35.00 the series can be purchased, downloaded or viewed via streaming media from Intelecom.)



ONLINE-CLASS Mandatory Orientation: Click on the ORIENTATIONS link for the meeting date and time. Be sure to view the demonstrations prior to our orientation.

In addition to the course orientation the students will complete the assigned reading, discussions, activities, exams, and participate online using Desire-2-Learn (D2L).

CAN’T ATTEND the specific orientation for your class? You can attend an orientation for one of my other courses. Let me know and remember to sign in.


ASSIGNMENT: Week 1 – Chapter 1- The Changing Family and Chapter 2- Studying the Family

  • Your first assignment is to update your City College Gmail (and/or forward your City College Gmail to an account you use regularly)
  • Take our MnF Class Orientation Quiz
  • Complete the D2L Free Sample Class and take it’s Final Exam.
  • Submit the D2L Sample Class- Certificate of Completion to our HSN Class Dropbox, after it is emailed to you.
  • Read Chapter 1 & 2
  • Watch Video: Marriage Counseling
  • Watch Episodes 1 & 2 (Use Safari to view the videos in D2L)
  • View Lectures Ch 1 & 2
  • Read Articles:
    • The Changing American Family
    • The Family in Upheaval
  • Discussion Board:
    • Introduction
  • Submit to Dropbox:
    • Episode 1 Video Review
    • Episode 2 Video Review
  • Review Chapters 1 & 2
  • Take Chapter Quizzes