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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

SOC 180 - Marriage and The Family

This course explores various types of family relationships in society and how sustaining and changing the values, beliefs and rules in relationships are supported and altered through society's institutions in diverse societies. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Describe the American family in terms of the three major sociological theories. Explain the concepts concerning who marries whom. Describe how the rules in institutions shape perceptions of what constitutes a family and may reinforce inequality and discrimination. Explain human reproduction, including prenatal aspects, childbirth, contraceptive techniques and socially transmitted diseases. Assess possible future changes in what family forms, marriage forms and living arrangements are as they may affect the American family. College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Diversity and Social Justice (DJ)
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075 or test scores