Marriage and the Family

FCS 320 or SOC 310 (same course)


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

Image of Marriage & Family text.

Author:  Benokraitis
Edition: 8th*
ISBN-13: 978-0205918195
ISBN-10: 0205918190

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

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.)


SYLLABUS and COURSE INFORMATION

SYLLABUS and COURSE INFORMATION:

ONLINE-CLASS Mandatory Orientation: Click on the ORIENTATIONS link for the meeting dates and times.

  • You are welcome to attend ANY of my orientations.
  • Be sure to read the course syllabus and complete the D2L Free Sample Class 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.

WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENTS

ASSIGNMENT: Week 1 – The Changing 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 Chapters 1 & 2
    Articles:

  • VIDEOS
    Watch Episodes 1 & 2 (Use Safari to view the videos in D2L)

  • Marriage and Family Essay
    Based on the videos, the readings, and your experience write an essay addressing the following questions/comments:

    • Discuss the various definitions of the family.
    • Describe the basic functions of the family.
    • Explain why a cross-cultural focus is helpful in understanding the American family.
    • It is important to view marriage and family from a cross-cultural and global perspective. Examine three families presented in the videos and consider how the meaning and functions of family changes from each of the viewpoints.
    • In what kind of family environment were you raised? What is the meaning and function of family from your perspective?
    • What kinds of biases did you develop growing up? What steps might you take to optimize your objectivity?
    • Format of the essay? 1-2 pages (minimum). Double-spaced is fine. Left alignment. At the top of page 1 type your name plus the name of the assignment.
      Cite your sources. Separate citation pages and title pages are not necessary.
      Remember to save your paper as an rtf, doc or docx file before submitting it to the Dropbox.
  • DISCUSSION BOARD:
    • Class Introduction
  • REVIEW CHAPTERS 1 & 2
    • Overview
    • Powerpoints
    • Chapter Review Questions