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March Session 14/54
March 23, 2015 – May 16, 2015
Course Description
Survey of structures, functions, processes, and alternative life styles in the
contemporary family.
Prerequisite: None
Proctored Exam: Midterm and Final

Schwartz, Mary Ann & Scott, BarBara Marliene. 2012. Marriage and Families:
Diversity and Change, 7th ed. Pearson: Boston, MA.
ISBN-13: 978-0-205-84530-9
Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order
 online at (be sure to select Online
Education rather than your home campus before selecting your class) or
 by phone at 800-325-3252
For additional information about the bookstore, visit

Course Overview
This is an introductory course in the sociology of the family. The course takes an indepth look at the history of the family, social class characteristics, marriage, marital
crises, and alternative marriage forms. A theme throughout the course is the
diversity expressed in modern marriage and family experiences. This course
introduces basic sociological research in the area of marriage and family, helping
students become familiar with topics of concern to the discipline. This course also
examines the dynamics of family relationships, providing material that is useful to
students in their own lives.

Technology Requirements
Participation in this course requires the basic technology for all online classes at
Columbia College:
 Computer with reliable Internet access
 Web browser

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 Acrobat Reader
 Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office
Find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Course Objectives

To develop a sociological understanding of the family as a historical and
social construction, and thus to be able to...

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