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Sociology 102

PROFESSOR: Dr. L. O. Holloman

TELEPHONE: (301) 322-0529 FAX: (301) 808-0418



An introduction to contemporary marriage and family issues and forms from a sociological perspective. Emphasis on trends in the U.S. with some focus on diversity cross culturally. Premarital and marital interaction patterns are addressed, including love, sexuality, sex roles, dating, mate selection, contraception, STDs, reproduction, violence/abuse, divorce, blended families, and alternative lifestyles. Use of theory and practical examples to understand complexities of marriage and family life.

DeGenova, M. K. and Rice, F. P. (2005). Intimate Relationships, Marriages, & Families (6th ed.)

Annual Editions, Marriage and the Family, 2004. Dushkin Publications.

Current Book Bridge Selection:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Construct a definition of family in today’s society and describe the various family

2. Apply the following family theories in analyzing family function and family stability/instability: Structure-functional Theory, Family Developmental Theory,
Symbolic Interaction Theory, Systems Theory, Exchange Theory, Conflict Theory and Feminist Theory.

3. Categorize micro and macro conceptualizations in
analyzing marriage and family
and other intimate relationships.

4. Identify lifestyle alternatives and their implications.

5. Identify cultural forces that impact contemporary intimate relationships, including
dating, cohabiting, and marriage and family.

6. Categorize patterns of pre-marital and marital interactions related to love,
sexuality, gender roles, violence and abuse.

7. Interpret the impact of technology on marriage and family, and other intimate

8. Identify conflicts and crises that distinguish contemporary and traditional families.

9. Identify and interpret the changing roles of family throughout the life cycle.

10. Identify resources and organizations devoted to family stability and well-being.

11. Indicate how family dynamics shape the attitudes and behaviors of family members.

12. Indicate some patterns of pre-marital and marital interactions cross culturally.



Course Syllabus

PLEASE, PLEASE read your syllabus frequently in order to keep abreast of the course policies.
Class Participation

Class participation is required. Class participation includes adequate completion and meaningful discussion as designated of all course requirements: assigned text chapters, supplemental readings, assignments and projects, and discussion board items. Meaningful discussion refers to providing input that clearly indicates that you have read the material and have some knowledge of it. Scholarly Quality of Assignments

Students are to present all assignments in a scholarly format (e.g., organization, writing,
grammar). All assignments are to be submitted to the Instructor via Blackboard. Specific guidelines are provided for all assignments.

Submitting Assignments: Student Retention of Assignments

Students must email assignments to instructor according to specified schedule. It is also imperative that students retain electronic copies of all assignments.

Frequency of Logging In to this Course

You are expected to log in to the course regularly. In fact, you should log in at least every other day. Remember that in a conventional 3 hour course, you attend class 2 1/2 hrs. per week and are expected to devote twice that amount of time outside of class for preparation. Thus, you should spend about the same amount of time in this online class. If this is your first online experience, then you may want to spend even more time on this class.
Furthermore, you are required to participate in online class discussions, as they are an integral part of this course.

Academic Dishonesty

The college has an established a policy on academic dishonesty. Please read Prince George’s Community College’s statement on Academic Dishonesty in the Student Handbook.


Four(4)exams will be given in this course. Of the four exams, the lowest grade will be discarded and three exam grades will be used to compute your final grade.
THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. STUDENTS MUST TAKE EXAMS DURING SCHEDULED TIME. Each exam may include some combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching items and an essay or any combination of these.

In addition to exams, students will be required to complete assignments, projects, and participate in the DISCUSSION BOARD. You are given full guidelines and requirements for each date.

Late Work, Make-up Work, Missed Assignments

For maximum benefits, students should always submit assignments by the due date. However, I will accept late assignments up to 24 hours after the due date of the assignment. This period is called the 24 Hour Penalty Date (24 HPD). When an assignment is submitted during the 24 hour Penalty Date,1/5 of the maximum points for the assignment will be deducted even before the assignment is evaluated. In other words, the maximum number of points that a student can earn on an assignment submitted during the 24 HPD is 4/5 of the points for that assignment. Example: If an assignment counts 100 points and it is submitted during the 24 HPD, then the maximum ceiling for that assignment is 80 points. The final grade on the assignment may be lower after it has been evaluated.

No assignments will be accepted after the 24 Hour Penalty Date.

Extra Credit

Students may earn extra credit by:

1. Completing a current events paper requiring students to select from the print media
an article that discusses a current event and analyzing the article based on relationship and marriage and family terms, and theories. Instructor will provide details. (3-3 1/2 pages, 8 pts.)

2. Completing a paper based on the current Book Bridge selection, When I was Puerto
Rican by Esmeralda Santiago. Questions to be addressed in the paper will be
provided by the instructor. (5 - 5 1/2 pages, 20 pts.)

4. Conducting a survey consisting of two or three questions on an issue related to families, intimate relationships, or marriage. Survey at least 10 people. Write up and analyze results
(1 - 2 pages, 2- 4 pts.)

Grade distribution

Three (out of four) in-class exams @ 50 points each 150 points

Media Report I OR Genogram 20 points

Research Paper/Computer Assignment 50 points

Special assignments/Quizzes 20 points

Discussion Board 20 points

260 points

Course Grade Computation

Your course grade will be computed by adding together the total points on all requirements which include regular exams, papers, computer assignments, quizzes and special assignments,and final exam. REMEMBER: I will include in my computations three out of four in-class exams. The lowest grade will be dropped. If you fail to take an exam for whatever reason, that will be considered your lowest grade and will be dropped. The grade equivalencies for the points are listed below. Please keep up with your grade. By recording the number of points that you have earned on each activity, you will keep abreast of your grade status. Furthermore, you will know the number of points needed in order for you to achieve a certain grade.

(260 points) (20 points)

A = 234 – 260 A = 18 – 20
B = 208 – 233 B = 16 – 17
C = 182 – 207 C = 14 – 15
D = 156 – 181 D = 12 – 13
F = 155 and below F = 11 and below

COMPUTER ASSIGNMENT II (50 points) EXAMS (50 points)

A = 45 - 50 A = 45 – 50
B = 40 - 44 B = 40 – 44
C = 35 - 39 C = 35 – 39
D = 30 - 34 D = 30 – 34
F = 33 and below F = 29 and below

(10 points)

A = 9 = 10
B = 8
C = 7
D = 6
F = 5 and below


Social and Psychological Perspectives: Cognition and Challenge

Week 1 8/26-30 Course Introduction
Chapter 1 Intimate Relationships…
Families in the Twentieth Century

Week 2 9/1-5 Chapter 2 Family Backgrounds and How They
Influence Us

Chapter 3 Culture and Ethnic Differences
in Families

Intimate Relationships: Choices and Change

Week 3 9/8-12 Chapter 4 Being Single
Computer Lab

Week 4 9/15-19 Chapter 5 Dating, Going Together, Courtship
Chapter 6 Attraction and Love

EXAM I Chapters 1-6, Monday September 22

Week 5 9/22-26 Chapter 8 Sexual Dysfunction and Disease
pp. 174-185
Chapter 9 Mate Selection,
Non-marital Cohabitation

Marriage and Family Relationships: Challenges and Commitment

Week 6 9/29-10/3 Chapter 10 Qualities of a Successful Marriage
Computer Lab

Week 7 10/6-10 Chapter 7 Gender and Identity
Media Reports, Genograms Presentations

Genogram OR Media Report I Due October 10

Week 8 10/13-17 Chapter 12 Work, Family Roles

EXAM II Chapters 7-12, Friday October 17

Week 9 10/20-24 Chapter 13 Companionship Inside and Outside the Family

No Class---October 29--- Professional Development Day

Parenthood, Cognition and Challenge

Week 10 10/27-31 Chapter 14 Power, Decision Making and Communication
Computer Lab

Family Stress and Reorganization: Choices and Commitment

Week 11 11/3-7 Chapter 17 Parent-Child Relationships
Chapter 18 Parents and Extended Relationships

Computer Research Paper Due---Wednesday, November 12
(Keep a copy of your finished computer paper).

Week 12 11/10-14 Chapter 19 Conflict, Family Crisis, and Crisis Management

EXAM III Chapters 13, 14,17, 18 Monday, November 17 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Week 13 11/17-21 Chapter 20 The Troubled Family and Divorce

Week 14 11/24-26 Chapter 21 Coming Together: Remarriage
and Stepparenting

Week 15 12/1-5 Chapter 21 con’d Coming Together: Remarriage
and Stepparenting

* Class Summary

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>EXAM IV Chapters 19-21 Friday December 5

Exam Summary

Exam I Chapters 1-6, Mon. September 22

Exam II Chapters 7-12, Fri. October 17

Exam III Chapters 13,14, 17, 18, Wed. November 19

Exam IV Chapters 19-21, Fri. December 5

Scheduled Final Exam Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 10 am.

There will not be a final exam but there will be a class activity during this period.