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Sociology of the Family (6 points)


Leader: Dr Jo Lindsay

Caulfield First semester 2003 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit focuses on intimate relationships and the complexities of contemporary family life in Western industrialised countries. In the first part of the unit we examine theoretical perspectives on family life and put contemporary families in both historical and cultural context. In the second part we examine how families are made (family formation), the work that families do (reproduction and family work) and family dissolution, state regulation and representations of 'home'. Through doing this unit students should gain the ability to think sociologically about families, personal life and wider social forces.

Assessment: Seminar presentation (1000 word equiv): 20% + class participation: 10% + Class test (1.5hours - 1500 word equiv): 20% + Essay (2000 words): 50%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission

Prohibitions: SCY3070

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