Professor Marshall


Marriage and Family

COURSE PREREQUISITE: Introductory Sociology

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Development, maintenance, and enrichment of personally satisfying marital relationships emphasizing the individual's values, needs, and expectations. Topics include marital and family relationships, conflict resolutions, communication, reproduction, sexuality, and after-marriage relationships.


Marriage and Family is written in preformance-based language using the revised Bloom's Taxonomy. Dr. Benjamin Bloom created his taxonomy to promote higher forms of thinking in the educational process. As you continue through the course, you'll notice that the lessons are structured with "TARGET COMPETENCIES," and "LEARNING ACTIVITIES." The TARGET COMPETENCIES have been developed to ensure that you master the materials in this course. As you work through the LEARNING ACTIVITIES, you goal should be to demonstrate competence in each of the TARGET COMPETENCY areas. You can think of target competencies as descriptions, stated in performance terms, of what you are expected to learn; competencies are OUTCOMES of the efforts that you put forth in this course.


At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to meet specific course objectives. Course objectives are often centered on activities and assessments that you'll complete in a course. These activities and assessments will be varied--reading assigned materials and texts, writing assignments, exams, tests and other assigned activites will help you to meet the objectives that are defined for this course. Nothing in this FREE course is graded--you choose how much (or how little) work you want to complete.


TEXT: There is NO required textbook, however for your own knowledge and reinforcement of concepts you'll learn in this course, you may find that a sociology textbook which specializes in the study of marriage and family is helpful. In past sections of this course, I have used the following texts:

Changing American Families

Changing American Families 3rd Ed., by Judy Root Aulette (Pearson, 9780205699476)

Marriages, Families and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society

Marriages, Families and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society 12th Ed., by Lamanna, Reidmann and Stewart (Cengage, 978128573697)


ATTENDANCE: This course is self-paced and not graded; it is NOT for college credit. There is no enrollment required and you may take as much time as you need to complete the course.

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