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Families, Relationships and Society (SOCI20018)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSOCI20018
Semester 2
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This subject introduces students to students to the sociology of family life. The subject will start with a broad focus covering key theoretical perspectives on the family and personal life and examining the political and cultural context of family life. A key theme of the subject will be to identify the ways in which family life is changing and exploring the implications of those changes for individuals, society and social policy. The subject will examine social and demographic trends in marriage, fertility, cohabitation, singlehood and the organisation of paid and unpaid work in families and households. Other issues and topics that will be addressed including: gender and family life, dating and relationship formation, the impact of reproductive technologies, same-sex relationships, 'boomerang' kids and fatherhood.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Evaluate sociological debates about the definition of the family and household.
  • Develop a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of family sociology and family life in historical, cultural and political context.
  • Understand relationships between families and other institutions, such as the labour market and the state.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of selected substantive topics such as patterns of family formation and change, divorce, paid and unpaid work in families and households, and other issues in contemporary family life.

Generic skills

  • Oral communication; written communication;
  • Collaborative learning; problem solving; team work;
  • Statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis; critical thinking;
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Last updated: 20 July 2019