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 “Freedom” in sexual, emotional and familial relations for all is not based on an (imaginary) independence from class relations … but requires material conditions of economic equality for all to be in place.


                                                                Julie P. Torrant, The Material Family

This course examines various aspects and stages of family life, including its historical development and changing family forms, the meanings of courtship and other pre-marital relations as well as marriage in its formal and less formal arrangements.  The dynamics of family life will be explored from more than one perspective, but the emphasis will be the family in its various forms as an economic unit.

As an economic unit, families face four inter-related issues: financial (housing, educational and leisure opportunities for children), time (hours of work and leisure), health (medical,  psychosocial and education), and internal conflicts and contradictions (gender relations, authority and relative autonomies).  It is these four subthemes of the family’s material position in society that we will explore in the course and develop in written assignments.

How will students be evaluated in this course?

          • Kinship tutorial                     15%
          • Short written assignment     20%
          • 2 short term tests                 35%
          • Final exam                           30%

What are the prerequisites?

SOAN 1101, or SOAN 1102 and 1103, or permission of the instructor. 

When is this course offered?

This course will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:45 PM during the Fall 2012 term.

For more information on the course schedule, please click here.


Please contact the course instructor, Dr. Robert Lanning.