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-13: 978-0205918195
ISBN-10: 0205918190

The text is available for:



New editions of the text are at the following Reserve Desks, (2-hour Maximum)

*If you choose to use a different edition of the text, it is your responsibility to compare the older text with the current text for updated information and reorganization of the material.

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.

The programs can also be accessed and viewed at the Instructional Media Center, on the 1st Floor of the library. They are listed under the course number, SOC 310 or FCS 320.

Welcome Letter

Hello Students,

Welcome to a new semester at Sacramento City College!  Here is some information to prepare you for the beginning of the semester.

Please read our Course Information and Orientation Meeting Schedule using the links provided on this website.

If you are enrolled and have successfully taken an online class in the past, you may be excused from the Orientation meeting. You are still expected to complete the orientation assignments as outlined on the orientation webpage. (See: What if I have successfully taken online classes in the past…?“)

    • Students automatically have a FREE email account through Sacramento City College.
    • If you do not check your SCC email regularly, then configure it to FORWARD to an email address you do check frequently.
    • Remember to keep email addresses updated.
  2. Our CANVAS Course site will open by the first day of the term.
    Log-in at:

  3. If you do not have access to our CANVAS course yet, you can still complete the reading, view any posted videos and research an article to review about childhood concerns in our area. Look for “Week 1 Assignment” on this page.
  4. Each week of the semester you will do the following:
    1. Click on Weekly Module.
      1. Complete the Reading Assignment.
      2. Complete Weekly Assignments and Activities
      3. SUBMIT Assignment Essays
      4. Participate in all of the Discussion Board topics.
        • Disappearing from the Discussion Boards is like a student not attending class, and as such your disappearance will result in being dropped.
          Each week you will:

          • Submit your posts
          • Reply to another student’s post
      5. Review the Reading: You are encouraged to use the powerpoints, chapter study guides and/or quizzes, however they are optional -no points given- and are not submitted to your instructor.)

Our assignment week will typically run from Tuesday-to-Tuesday:

  • All weekly assignments must be submitted ON TIME to maximize points.
    • On time means that the assignment will be submitted by their DUE DATE.
      • Illness and other life challenges are not excuses for late submissions.
      • Forgetting about the assignment and/or not being aware of due dates and assignments are not excuses for late submissions.
      • I understand that sometimes life happens. Continue reading about Due Dates vs End Dates, below.
  • Due Dates:
    • Assignments are usually due one week after they are assigned, (see course syllabus for details).
    • Since our assignment week typically runs Tuesday-to-Tuesday, you will see new assignments open Tuesday morning; and assignments due must be submitted by Tuesday at 11:55pm.
    • Assignments will frequently be available a week before they are assigned, so students can work ahead if they wish.
    • If you wish to get full credit on your assignments, submit them by the Due Date.
  • End Dates:
    • The End Date is the date the files close and are no longer available to students. Example: Assignments given before Exam 1, will no longer be accessible after Exam 1.
    • Assignments submitted after the Due Date (late), and before the End Date may receive partial credit. (No more than 70% of the possible points.)
  • Pay close attention to the modules, calendar & news throughout the semester.
  • Make sure to arrange time every week to complete the discussions, assignments, projects, chapter quizzes, and exams.

Do not be afraid to ask for help: Online courses can be more convenient but are not easier.

  • I will be on the 2nd Floor of the Child Development Center, Room 210 at noon on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • There are 3 computers in that room where we can comfortably address online issues that arise.
  • Please make an appointment, in case I have a meeting I must attend. (At least 24 hours in advance via email is best.)

See you online!


Jo-Ann Foley
Behavioral & Social Science Division
Sacramento City College

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Online Class- Mandatory Orientation

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

  • You are welcome to attend ANY of my orientations.

Prior to our Orientation:

  • Read the Syllabus
  • View the PowerPoint

In addition to the course orientation, students will complete the assigned reading, video series, discussions, activities, exams, and participate online.

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.

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Course Information & Syllabus


Week 1 Assignment

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 Syllabus Quiz
  • READ Chapters 1 & 2

    Watch Episodes 1 & 2 of  the Our Families, Ourselves Program
  • 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.
    • Class Introduction
    • Overview
    • Powerpoints
    • Chapter Review Questions