2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

What Are Families For?

NEW! Last Updated: 11/25/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Stephanie Coontz family studies

Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter

Major areas of study include family studies, sociology and American history.

Class Standing: This lower-division program is designed for 50% freshmen and 50% sophomores.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students with prerequisites. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email before week 10. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work, including a reading list and essay, to be completed during the December break.

Prerequisites: Competence in grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and paragraphing are required for this program, which will emphasize thesis-driven papers.

What Are Families For? will explore the past and future of close relationships, family life, child rearing and growing up in America. We will study the changing socioeconomic and political functions of families in society, as well as internal transformations in the structure, values and dynamics of family life.

Fall quarter we will focus on the history of families in America, including family formation, marriage, patterns of child rearing, and changing routes to adulthood. We will also look at the evolution of values about love and sexuality. Our goal is to understand the social origins as well as the social consequences of changes in family patterns, gender roles and child-rearing practices. We will pay special attention to racial and class variations in the experience of growing up and forming families.

During winter quarter we will explore contemporary trends in family life, including the prolongation of the transition to adulthood, changing male-female relations, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, child-rearing and new sexual norms. Again, we will examine how these vary by ethnicity, race, and social class.

Reading assignments will be time-consuming and often difficult, as we strive to understand the historical trends and contemporary socioeconomic and cultural forces affecting the evolution of family life and close relationships. There will be a heavy emphasis on social science analysis, thesis-driven expository writing, and close textual work with the books. The faculty will hold the class to high standards for critical, coherent, and technically-accurate writing. In addition to book seminars, daily reading, and weekly writing assignments, students should count on doing 6-7 hours a week of service learning in the public schools or in community after-school programs, taking field notes on their observations and experiences.

The program will lay the groundwork for further studies in public policy, family law, education, gender studies, social work, American history, and sociology

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 23

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in public policy, family law, education, gender studies, social work, American history and sociology.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 11th, 2008 This is a new program, not printed in the catalog.
April 15th, 2008 This program has changed from all level to lower division, accepting 50% freshmen and 50% sophomores
November 17th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details added.
November 24th, 2008 Additional Winter quarter enrollment details added.
November 25th, 2008 Winter enrollment field utilized.