Marriage and the Family

FCS 320 or SOC 310 (same course)

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

Photo of the Marriage and Families Textbook

Author:  Benokraitis
Edition: 7th*
ISBN:  9780205735365
Copyright: 2011

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. Call Number:HQ536.B45 2011

*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

Photo of the video series of Our Families, Ourselves

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:

  1. The series may be viewed from the course D2L Website, for free. Remember to use Safari as your browser.
  2. The series may also be viewed at SCC’s Instructional Media Center free of charge.
    • DVDs of the series are available for rent from the Instructional Media Center at a minimal charge for semester-length rental. Video rentals must be processed in person at the Instructional Media Center.
  3. For $35.00 the series can be purchased, downloaded or viewed via streaming media from Intelecom.



Tentative Course SYLLABUS pdf



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

  • Take our MnF Class Orientation Quiz
  • Complete the D2L Free Sample Class and take it’s Final Exam.
  • Submit D2L Sample Class- Certificate of Completion to our MnF Class Dropbox
  • 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