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

Spring 2008

SOC 321K • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Family (46475 & 46480)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46475 MWF
MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
BUR 208
PAR 301
BESPINAR-EKICI

Course Description

This course aims to examine diverse forms of family with a cross-cultural perspective. 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 around the world.

Elaine Leeder, The Family in Global Perspective: A Gendered Journey,Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004. (305pages soft cover $43.95)
Reading Packet (available at Jenn's copy, $45)

Grading Policy

Exams (75%): There are a total of three exams for this course. No curves are applied to individual exam scores. There is no cumulative final.
Assignment-Presentations (15%): Detailed instructions for the assignment will be posted on Blackboard at least four weeks prior to its respective due date. The assignment should be returned at the beginning of the date of class shown on the syllabus and presented during the course. Late assignment will not be accepted.
In-class assignments (10%): In-class assignments are randomly given throughout the semester to measure attendance and comprehension. 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.

Grades: Final grades will be calculated as follows:

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.

Texts

Elaine Leeder, The Family in Global Perspective: A Gendered Journey,Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004. (305pages soft cover $43.95)
Reading Packet (available at Jenn's copy, $45)

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