North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology
Marriage and Family SOC-220
Instructor's Contact Information:
Office: Fort Sherman Officers Quarters 202
Phone: (208) 769-3453
Instructor's Office Hours:
Online Office Hours: MW 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Face-to-Face Office Hours: TTh 10:30 a.m. to Noon
This course meets face-to-face on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in Siebert (SBT) Room 209.
Sociology 220 is designed to help students understand more about marriage and family life processes. Students will examine values, needs, and responsibilities as they relate to intimacy, the selection of partners, cohabitation and marriage, family planning choices, parenting, family economics, and interpersonal communication. Students will also address the issues of family violence, divorce, and the restructuring of new families. This course will be helpful to those who wish to have more knowledge about relationship, marriage, and family issues or those who are entering such fields as counseling and social work. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing skills
Required Text: The Marriage and Family Experience
Authors: Strong et al.
Edition/Year: 11th Edition/2011
The NIC bookstore sells this text. For other options, visit the publisher's website at:
General Education Abilities
In conjunction with North Idaho College's general education mission and goals, nine general education abilities have been developed which are to be obtained and measured during the student's time at NIC. These nine abilities are: (1) Aesthetic Response; (2) Communication; (3) Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving; (4) Historical, Cultural, and Global Awareness; (5) Information Literacy; (6) Mathematical, Scientific, and Symbolic Reasoning; (7) Social Responsibility/Citizenship; (8) Valuing/Ethical Reasoning; and (9) Wellness.
The development of the following abilities are primarily focused upon in this course:
Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving--At times during the course of the semester, you will be presented with multiple--and perhaps even contradictory--explanations regarding issues surrounding relationships. You will need to understand the different perspectives offered and demonstrate the ability to critically apply the different perspectives put forth in this class. Your ability to do this will be measured through participating in weekly activities, critical thinking/reflective assignments, and exams.
Historical, Cultural, and Global Awareness -- In this course we will look at interpersonal relationships, particularly family, in a variety of contexts. You will be shown how definitions of family have changed over time and vary even in our own culture today. This ability will be measured through participating in weekly class activities, critical thinking/reflective assignments, and exams.
Communication --Patterns of communication are very important factors separating troubled couples from couples satisfied with their relationships. Styles of communication also help predict relationship success. Consequently, one of the goals of this course is to help you improve your relationships with other people by assisting you in developing communication skills. This ability will primarily be measured through participating in weekly class activities, critical thinking/reflective assignments, exams, and paper.
Course Learning Outcomes
Through reading, successfully completing assignments, and participating in class, students, upon completion of the course, will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the following outcomes.
(1) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the institutions of marriage and family.
(2) Identify and explain the impact and influence marriage, as a social institution, has on the formation of human relationships.
(3) Recognize the degree of variance in terms of marriage and family life choices, both in this society and cross-culturally.
(4) Discuss the trends and patterns of U.S. marriages, families, fertility, and child-rearing.
(5) Identify and discuss current issues and challenges facing U.S. families. (6) Identify your attitudes and values in relation to marriage and life choices.
(7) Identify your concerns and needs in relation to marriage and family life choices.
(8) Identify your responsibilities in relation to marriage and family life choices.
(9) Develop personal skills necessary for succeeding in marriage and family relationships.
GENERAL--This course requires fairly well-developed reading and writing skills. Students are expected to keep up on the text reading, attend class, take exams on time, turn-in critical thinking/reflective assignments on time, turn-in papers on time, and participate in class activities.
GRADING-- 3 Exams, 100 points each = 300 pts.
3 Critical thinking/reflective assignments, 50 points each = 150 pts.
Autobiographical Paper (or research paper option) = 150 pts.
Total possible = 600 pts.
Letter grades will be assigned based upon the following percentage/point breakdown:
92.5-100% (555-600 pts.) = A
90.0-92.4% (540-554 pts.) = A-
87.5-89.9% (525-539 pts.) = B+
82.5-87.4% (495-524 pts.) = B
80.0-82.4% (480-494 pts.) = B-
77.5-79.9% (465-479 pts.) = C+
72.5-77.4% (435-464 pts.) = C
70.0-72.4% (420-434 pts.) = C-
67.5-69.9% (405-419 pts.) = D+
60.0-67.4% (360-404 pts.) = D
Below 60.0% (less than 360 pts.) = F
ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION--Attendance is important to student academic success, especially in classes where a high degree of participation is stressed. In this class, we will engage in numerous in-class activities and discussions important to your learning. As a consequence, this class has an attendance policy whereby students are allowed a total of 2 weeks worth of absences before grades become impacted. For this class, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this translates into a total of 4 absences. After 4 absences, students will start losing 5 points for each additional absence. Students with an A and 2 or fewer absences will not be required to take the final exam. Students with a B and 1 or fewer absences will also not be required to take the final exam (unless they are trying to improve their grade to an A, of course!).
Be to class on time! Students showing up to class late disrupts the flow of concentration for both the instructor and other students. Because of this, three late arrivals to class will count as one absence. In addition, leaving early also disrupts class and the student misses class time as well. If you need to leave early, please let me know so before class starts. Keep in mind that leaving class early also counts as a third of an absence.
EXAMS (300 pts.)--There will be a total of 3 exams given in this course; 2 midterm exams and a final, all worth 100 points each for a total of 300 points out of the 600 points possible in this class. The final exam will not be comprehensive and will carry the same weight as the midterms. The first two exams are “in-class” and will consist of a combination of multiple choice and essay questions. Exam review sessions for these exams are held the class period one week prior to the scheduled exam (see attached schedule). The final exam is not comprehensive and carries the same weight as each of the other exams, though it differs in that it is a take-home exam in which students will have one week to complete (see attached schedule).
Since the tests have been scheduled well ahead of time, all students are expected to be present for them. Any make-up tests will require proof of the student's incapacitation. Make-up tests can be scheduled ahead of time if the student knows that he or she cannot take a test on time and can show legitimate reason.
CRITICAL THINKING/REFLECTIVE ASSIGNMENTS (150 pts.)—Critical thinking/reflective assignments will be given out 3 times during the semester and will be worth 50 points each for a total of 150 points out of the 600 points possible in this course (a complete schedule of when the essays are handed out and when they are due is attached to this syllabus).
Critical thinking/reflective assignments ask you to critically reflect upon various issues or concepts discussed in class or in your text. In doing so, you will need to: (1) Show knowledge of the issues or concepts being addressed by discussing/defining them and illustrating their application; and (2) Display an awareness of how these issues or concepts affect your own life by giving examples of their impacts upon your interpersonal relationships or upon the relationships of other people that you know, including family, friends, and/or acquaintances, who play some role in your life. Keep in mind that these are generic guidelines for the critical thinking/reflective assignments and that things will vary according to the specific assignment. Late critical thinking/reflective assignments will be penalized 5 points for each day late unless a valid reason for its lateness is given.
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PAPER (OR RESEARCH PAPER OPTION) (150 pts.)--You will be writing an autobiographical paper for this class where you will be exploring different aspects of your own upbringing and family relationships. This paper is worth up to 150 points out of the 600 points possible in this course. You will receive a handout with detailed instructions for this paper during the third or fourth week of class. There is a research paper option if you decide that you do not want to do the autobiographical paper. If you decide to take this option you will be required to submit a tentative topic statement and paper outline by October 23rd. Late papers will be penalized 15 points for each day late unless a valid reason for its lateness is given.
MISC. COURSE POLICIES & PROCEDURES:
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated! Anyone caught violating this policy will receive an "F" for the course.
For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please go to: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ Student Code of Conduct; Policy 5.06 & Procedure: 5.06.01
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North
Idaho College. These violations include the following:
• Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or
study in any academic exercise.
• Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic
• Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own
in an academic exercise. To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please go to the following website: http://www.plagiarism.org/
• Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic
work of other members of the community or the educational resources,
materials, or official documents of the college.
• Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to
violate any provisions of this policy.
ASSISTANCE--I am more than willing to help or assist students on material presented in class that they do not understand. If you don't feel like bringing something up in class for clarification I encourage you to view my office hours (or appointments) as a chance to do this.
BEHAVIOR--Behave in a mature, courteous manner in class. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. All discussions must be respectful of others. This means that you can not assume that others automatically agree with your religious or ideological views. This does not mean you can't disagree with someone. Indeed, we will find that people may disagree with one another quite a bit in this class. The key is to do it respectfully and tactfully (critically examining issues is fine, personal attacks on people because of their views is not). Remember that this is a course in sociology. We should try to set aside our biases and beliefs in our attempt to understand the beliefs of others.
CELL PHONES--Cell phones are very disruptive and need to be turned off or silenced for class. If your job requires that you keep your cell phone on, please set it to vibrate. For exceptions to this rule, see the instructor to discuss.
CLASS PARTICIPATION--Class participation is encouraged and expected. Participation can take the form of being an active listener as well as being a vocal contributor. During in-class activities such as group activities all students are expected to participate and contribute.
DISABILITIES-- In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities. Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor. Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester, 665-4520.
EXTRA CREDIT--There are no extra credit opportunities in this class, with one exception--I will let students make-up (erase) up to 3 absences with take home essay assignments. These assignments will need to be typed, double-spaced and be 1 to 2 pages in length (you can basically select anything that has to do with marriage, family, and/relationships and write about it--my preference is that you apply whatever you write about to your life or the life of someone you know, but that is not a requirement...the big thing is to be careful to cite properly if you cite or quote anything). This will need to be done in addition to any in-class activity or other assignments that may need to be made-up as well.
MISSED LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS--Please do not try to get information regarding missed lectures from me. It is your responsibility to get the notes for missed days, not mine. I am always willing to discuss lectures with you that have points you don't understand but we are not willing to redo them for you.
PERSONAL COMPUTERS--I will allow students to use personal computers for taking notes only if one is very quiet in terms of their typing. If I catch someone using a personal computer to play games, working on materials from other classes, browsing the Internet, or any other non-class related activity I will no longer allow that person to use a personal computer in my class. I am very strict about this!
PROBLEMS WITH COURSE--If you have any problems with instruction please make an appointment to see me--this is academic procedure. Keep in mind that I am very open to discussion and I am here to help you to the best of my ability--your education is very important to me!
READING--With the exception of the first week, you should attempt to have all reading done prior to the week assigned.
READING MATERIALS OTHER THAN MATERIALS FOR THIS SPECIFIC CLASS--Reading newspapers, magazines, texts from other courses, etc. is very rude and not allowed in class during the class period. If you need to prepare for an exam in another class, simply don’t show up to this one and take the absence penalty.
STUDENT CONDUCT CODE--Students have both rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. See www.nic.edu/ferpa/StudentCode/index.htm for more information.
TEXT MESSAGING--Text messaging in class is very disruptive and not allowed. If you need an exception to this, you need to see the instructor to discuss.
WITHDRAWAL--Withdrawal from semester-length courses or from college must be completed by Monday, November 12, 2012.
***SPECIAL NOTE: THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR AMEND THIS SYLLABUS OR THE CLASS SCHEDULE IN THE EVENT OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.
Marriage and Family
Soc 220-03 -- Fall 2012
SBT 209 – TTh 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Week 1 (8/28 & 8/30):
Reading: Begin reading Chapter 1 "The Meaning of Marriage and the Family
Week 2 (9/4 & 9/6):
Reading: Chapter 1 "The Meaning of Marriage and the Family"
Week 3 (9/11 & 9/13):
Reading: Chapter 2 "Studying Marriages and Families”
Week 4 (9/18 & 9/20):
Reading: Chapter 3 "Variations in American Family Life”
***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #1 given out on 9/20
Week 5 (9/25 & 9/27):
Reading: Chapter 4 "Gender and Family"
***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #1 due at the beginning of class on 9/27
Week 6 (10/2 & 10/4):
Reading: Chapter 5 " Intimacy, Friendship, and Love "
***Exam 1 review session will be held on Tuesday, 10/2
Week 7 (10/9 & 10/11):
Reading: Chapter 6 "Understanding Sex and Sexualities"
*** Exam 1 is on Tuesday, 10/9 (Covers chapters 1 through 5)
Week 8 (10/16 & 10/18):
Reading: Chapter 7 "Communication, Power, and Conflict”
Week 9 (10/23 & 10/25):
Reading: Chapter 7 "Communication, Power, and Conflict," cont.
Reading: Begin Chapter 8 "Marriages in Societal and Individual Perspective"
***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #2 given out on 10/25
***If you are doing the research paper option instead of the Autobiographical Paper project, you need to submit to the instructor your topic and a tentative outline by the beginning of class on Tuesday, October 23rd.
Week 10 (11/1; 10/30 is advising day):
Reading: Finish Chapter 8 "Marriages in Societal and Individual Perspective"
***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #2 due at the beginning of class on 11/1
Week 11 (11/6 & 11/8):
Reading: Chapter 9 "Unmarried Lives: Singlehood and Cohabitation"
***Exam 2 review session will be held on Thursday, 11/8
Week 12 (11/13 & 11/15):
Reading: Chapter 10 “Becoming Parents and Experiencing Parenthood”
*** Exam 2 is on Thursday, 11/15 (Covers chapters 6 through 10)
Week 13 (11/20; 11/21-11/23 is Thanksgiving Holiday):
Reading: Chapter 11 "Marriage, Work, and Economics”
***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #3 given out on 11/20
Week 14 (11/27 & 11/29)
Reading: Chapter 12 "Intimate Violence and Sexual Abuse"
***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #3 due by at the beginning of class on 11/29
Week 15 (12/4 & 12/6):
Reading: Chapter 13 “Coming Apart: Separation and Divorce”
***Autobiographical paper (or research paper option) is due at the beginning of class on 12/6
Week 16 (12/11 & 12/13):
Reading: Chapter 14 "New Beginnings: Single-Parent Families, Remarriages, and Blended Families"
***Exam 3 (a take-home exam as opposed to in-class) will be handed out on Tuesday, 12/11. (Covers chapters 11 through 14)
Finals Week (12/17-12/20):
***Exam 3 will be due by no later than the end of the day Tuesday, 12/18 (if it is turned in electronically…if it is manually handed in it is due at the instructor’s office no later than 4pm on this date).
For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:
Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.
North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts. For a complete description, please see: http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf
Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance. Phone: 208-769-5947
To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.
For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/
As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.
Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities. Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access.
If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor. Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.
By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.
If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.
Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: October 12, 2012.
Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.
Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid. See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336
Additional withdrawal information: http://www.nic.edu/catalog
An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length). Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury. Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session. If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency. The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.
All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session. If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.
Discrimination and Harassment
North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind. For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.
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DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE: You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.