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Course Description

This course is a cross-disciplinary course that examines the family as a universally important social institution: both its history and current state. This examination will lead to two conclusions: First, the family of bygone eras has, at times, been somewhat idealized and romanticized. Second, the contemporary family, on the other hand, is not as “broken” as perhaps imagined. The family is changing and much of this course will examine these changes, the reasons for the changes, and their consequences for society. The course will consider many contemporary debates related to this transformation, some of which are quite sensitive and controversial. The course will address love, dating, sex, cohabitation, marriage, parenting, divorce, gender issues, diversity and race, same-sex marriage, and family violence. The course will emphasize the U.S., but will also include cross cultural and cross national comparisons