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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2007

SOC 321K • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Family (ADDED COURSE)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47632 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
RAS 213

Course Description

This course aims to examine diverse forms of family with a cross-cultural perspective. Family as an institution has been always shaped by economic, socio-cultural and political structures. Practices of family relations and individuals' perceptions and expectations of the family show diversity on the global level; the diverse social norms, economic dynamics and policies related to the family are also influential to the changes in different countries over time. The comparative focus makes it possible to enhance the reasons and consequences of the transformation of the family in the U.S.A and other countries. Theoretical discussion on gender roles, power dynamics within the family and the changing social and economic function of the family will be exemplified by different cases from the U.S.A and other countries around the world.

Grading Policy

Three exams 25% each
Two homework assignments 7.5% each
Randomly given In-class assignments 10%

1) No curves are applied to individual exam scores. There is no cumulative final.
2) Detailed instructions for each homework assignment will be posted on Blackboard at least two weeks prior to their respective due dates. ssignments should be returned at the beginning of the date of class shown on the syllabus. Late assignments will not be accepted.
3) Missed in-class assignments may be made up only if students notify the instructor prior to the absence or provide a written excuse for the absence (e.g., doctor's note) within 1 week of the absence.

Final Grade Assignment: The final grades will be based upon a standard grading scale: A=89.5-100(105)%, B=79.5-89.4%, C=69.5-79.4%, D=59.5-69.4%, F=59.4% and below. For students taking the course on a pass/fail basis, a grade of D (60% or better) is passing for undergraduate credit. Note: A Q-drop occurs when a student withdraws after the drop/add period. According to University policy, a Q-drop can be assigned only if a student has a current grade of C or better.


Leeder, Elaine, "The Family in Global Perspective: A Gendered Journey," Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage


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