Marriage and the Family

SOCI 2301

  • State Approval Code: 45.1101.54 25
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Sociological examination of marriage and family life. Problems of courtship, mate selection, and marriage adjustment in modern American society.

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To understand the evolution and current role of the U.S. in the world.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

To examine issues, both simple and complex, involved in developing and maintaining family relationships.

Specific Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
1. Identify the role of family within a social context.
2. Explain the complexity of defining a “family.”
3. Understand the diversity of an “American” family.
4. Identify the various issues involved in choosing a mate; deciding on children; and how to raise the children in a variety of family situations.
5. Understand the effects of divorce on the family members individually and as a family unit.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

See general course objectives

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The course is predominately lecture on family problems/issues from a variety of sociological theories. It also includes outside written assignment(s) over topic(s) to be determined and an oral presentation.


Students will be graded over three major written tests for the majority of their grade. A subjective portion of the student’s grade is based on outside written assignments, oral presentations, and class participation/attendance.
Your grade will be determined from:
Tests and Final Exam, Written Assignments/Oral Presentations, Class Participation/Attendance

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

M & F 2010-2011 Edition, David Knox, Wadsworth Cengage Learning