TENTATIVE OUTLINE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

Introduction

Topic 1: Introduction to the Sociology of Families Coltrane, Chapter 1, Readings 1-3

Mating and Reproduction

Topic 2: Sex and Romance Coltrane, Chapter 2, Readings 4-7
Topic 3: Marriage and Cohabitation Coltrane, Chapter 3, Readings 8-11
Topic 4: Reproduction, Birth, and Babies Coltrane, Chapter 4, Readings 12-15

Exam 1

Children and Parenting

Topic 5: Childhood Socialization Coltrane, Chapter 5, Readings 16-18
Topic 6: Motherhood Coltrane, Chapter 6, Readings 19-21
Topic 7: Fatherhood Coltrane, Chapter 7, Readings 22-24

Family Dynamics and Diversity

Topic 8: Families and Work Coltrane, Chapter 8, Readings 25-28
Topic 9: Divorce Coltrane, Chapter 9, Readings 29-31
Topic 10: Diversity in Family Forms Coltrane, Chapter 10, Readings 32-35

Exam 2

Dynamics and Diversity Continued

Topic 11:  Racial and Ethnic Diversity Handout
Topic 12: Family Violence Coltrane, Chapter 11, Readings 36-38
Topic 13: Families Over the Life Course Coltrane, Chapter 12, Readings 39-41
Topic 14: Family Policy Coltrane, Chapter 13, Readings 42-45

Graduate Student Presentations

Exam 3