SOC 395F • 2-MARRIAGE, FAMILY, & KINSHIP
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This course will be a research practicum on marriage related topics. More specifically, each student will write a paper in journal article format based on an analysis of marriage-related survey data (U. S. or foreign data, or both) on a specific topic of his/her choice. There are several publicly available survey data sets with important marriage-related data (for instance, the National Survey of Families and Households), and I will make several other data sets (from state and national marriage surveys) available to the class. Topics for papers might include the availability of eligible spouses for males and females of different ages, races, ethnicities, and educational levels; Hispanic-nonHispanic differences in marital success; recent trends in attitudes toward marriage (possibly including or focused specifically on attitudes toward same-sex marriage); the characteristics of multiple marriers; and the relationship of personality to marital success. There are survey data available relating to all of these and many other topics.
The reading assignments will be in two books published in 2007 and a collection of journal articles. The books are Amato et al., Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing and Thornton et al., Marriage and Cohabitation, published by Harvard University Press and the University of Chicago Press, respectively. The grade will be based wholly on the paper.