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

Spring 2009

SOC 352M • Family Policy Issues-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45745 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
BIO 301

Course Description

This is a substantial writing component course for juniors and seniors that focuses on current policy-related debates about families in modern societies. It is organized around key issues of disagreement among major ideological factions, including conservatives, communitarians, liberals, and libertarians. Students will read materials written from various perspectives and will be encouraged to form a personal perspective on the issues discussed.

Grading Policy

15-30 page paper dealing with a major policy-related family issue 55%
Three examinations 15%

Exams are to be given over reading assignments and materials presented in class. The examination will be essay and short-answer. A preliminary draft of the paper must be turned in for feedback, and the paper will be graded in terms of both the writing and the substance.


Benokraitis, Feuds about Families
Coontz,The Way We Really Are
Bennett, The Broken Hearth
Popenoe, Promises to Keep


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