The Family with Jeffrey Dill
This course covers the historical background and cultural comparisons of families, premarital and marital behavior, and family disorganization and reorganization. The American family has undergone significant changes in the past halfcentury. Perhaps most significantly, people are marrying at older ages, premarital cohabitation has become the norm, nonmarital childbearing is increasingly common, and divorce rates rose significantly and have now plateaued at a relatively high level. In this course, we will discuss these changes—and others—from a sociological perspective. In so doing, we will explore how societal and cultural shifts have shaped and continue to shape family life, and how family life is patterned by important characteristics and institutions such as gender, race, social class, and religion. We will consider the implications of family life not only for individuals, but also for society as a whole. In addition, we will examine daytoday family experiences and interactions, including issues such as workfamily balance and parenting. We will conclude the course by discussing some current controversial issues involving the family.