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SOCI421 - Sociology of the Family

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI421 Course ID: 3705 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a sociological analysis of the modern family and marriage, its structures and functions, variant patterns, and the influence of contemporary society on this institution. Course topics include dating, marital roles, divorce, child raising, and alternative lifestyles.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Sociology provides a fascinating perspective on our social lives. I look forward to sharing sociological perspectives on the family with you. After you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze how social forces influence family definitions, composition, and change
  • Describe trends in family formation and dissolution within the context of social change and changing definitions of “family”
  • Explain how the family functions as a social institution
  • Apply relevant sociological theories to the concept of family
  • Critique research approaches used to scientifically study the family
  • Analyze the development of the family across the life course
  • Describe cultural, racial, ethnic, class, and gender differences in marital and family life
  • Evaluate current media reports of research on families


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.


This course has multiple Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 3.75 %
Forum 2 3.75 %
Forum 3 3.75 %
Forum 4 3.75 %
Forum 5 3.75 %
Forum 6 3.75 %
Forum 7 3.75 %
Forum 8 3.75 %
Assignments 70.00 %
Family Myths Assignment 21.00 %
Midterm Paper 21.00 %
Media File Assignment 28.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.