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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2010

SOC 395F • Marriage, Family and Kinship COURSE CANCELLED

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46610 T
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 480

Course Description

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 recently published books and a collection of journal articles. The books are Amato et al., Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing (2007) and Cherlin, The Marriage Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today (2009), published by Harvard University Press and Alfred A. Knopf, respectively. The grade will be based wholly on the paper.


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