WGS 322 • Sociology of the Family
This course will involve the social psychological study of the American family. We will examine the changing nature of the family throughout American history, looking at how social and cultural currents have transformed the ideology associated with the family as well as the roles of individual members within the family. Family pathologies such as abuse will also be discussed. The unique experiences of different ethnic groups and of non-traditional families will also be examined in an effort to provide an encompassing view of the family as an institution.