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SCY2801 - Sociology of Family and Generation

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Marianne Robinson


Not offered in 2007


The unit will cover the following topics: modern family structure and kinship relations, family processes, changing gender roles within the family, and family disruption.


On successful completion of the unit students will:

  1. be able to use sociological terms to describe the structure of the family and distinguish family from other types of households;
  2. be able to use the major sociological perspectives to identify and analyse significant changes to family processes and relationships associated with modernisation;
  3. have developed a sociological explanation of kinship ties, marriage choices, and generational relationships;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of sociological theories applied to the family.


Seminar presentation and written paper (on campus students) or Research essay (off campus students) (2500 words) : 55%
Examination (2 hours) : 45%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


SCY1801 or equivalent


GSC2201, GSC3221, SCY3801