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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.230J (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • The Contemporary American Family 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Jean Jackson 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21A.230J / SP.456J / WGS.456J The Contemporary American Family



    Spring 2004




    Course Highlights


    A complete set of lecture notes and study questions for all readings are available.


    Course Description


    We begin by considering briefly the evolution of the family, its cross-cultural variability, and its history in the West. We next examine how the family is currently defined in the U.S., discussing different views about what families should look like. Class and ethnic variability and the effects of changing gender roles are discussed in this section. We next look at sexuality, traditional and non-traditional marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, and family policy. Controversial issues dealt with include day care, welfare policy, and the "Family Values" debate.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

     

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