Fairbanks- Eielson AFB

Fall 2006  


Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.


SOCI 3321- Marriage and the Family (CRIJ/JUAD/PSYC 3321)


Instructor : Karen Medbury MSW, LCSW

Class Time and Location : 4 weekend seminar; meets Fridays 6-10pm and Saturdays 10-4pm on September 8&9,15&16,22&23, and 29&30.


Office Hours : By appointment only


Contact Information : 377-4727  Email: karen.medbury@eielson.af.mil


Catalog Description : Examination of the family as a social institution; comparative analysis of kinship systems; and recent changes in American family structure.


There is no prerequisite for this course


Textbook : Choices in Relationships 8th ED. By David Knox and Caroline Schacht


Course Outline : Chapters 1-17 of the text will be covered in order. The Special Topics outlined in the text maybe used for term papers, but will not be required material.


Course requirements: This course is offered as a seminar/online hybrid. Most of the course will take place in the classroom, but some testing and discussion will occur online. This course will consist of 2 chapter exams, a final exam, a term paper, and a presentation. The first exam will cover chapters 1-5. This exam will be available to be taken online from September 10-14th. The 2nd exam will cover chapters 6-10 and will be available to be taken online from September 17-21. The term paper is expected to be 8-10 pages covering any area of relationships. It should be in basic APA format (a format outline will be handed out in class. The presentation will consist of summarizing your paper and facilitating discussion of your ideas. There will also be some online discussion boards students are expected to participate in.


Course outcome competencies : By the conclusion of this course, the student will understand and be able to describe:

•  Develop and use the sociological perspective on family, marriage and courtship;

•  Have obtained an overview of marriage and family relations from a cross-cultural perspective, an overview of the historical factors related to the development of the contemporary family system, and an overview of the development of gender, family;

•  Begin to analyze how the social issues impinge on their relationships and how appropriate choices can improve their lives;

•  To demonstrate problem-solving capability through analysis/synthesis.


Method of determining course grade: The final grade will be composed of the following percentages:

  Chapter exam1 = 20%

  Chapter exam 2 = 20%

  Term Paper = 25%

  Final Exam = 25%

  Presentation = 10%


The University has a standard grade scale:

A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F= below 60, W = Withdrawal, WP = withdrew passing, WF = withdrew failing, I = incomplete. An incomplete may be given within the last two weeks of a long term or within the last two days of a microterm to a student who is passing, but has not completed a term paper, examination, or other required work for reasons beyond the student’s control. A grade of “incomplete” is changed if the work required is completed prior to the last day of the next long (10 to 15 weeks) term, unless the instructor designates an earlier date for completion.  If the work is not completed by the appropriate date, the I is converted to an F.




Attendance : Students enrolled at one of the University’s external campuses should make every effort to attend all class meetings.  All absences must be explained to the instructor, who will then determine whether the omitted work may be made up.  When a student reaches that number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student and file an unsatisfactory progress report with the campus dean.  Any student who misses 25 percent or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F in the course.  Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course syllabus, are considered a part of the University’s attendance policy.

Additional attendance policies : Consideration will be given for TDYs and Exercises provided that the instructor is informed in advance.  


Instructor's policy on Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism is absolutely not tolerated. All information gained from outside sources is expected to be appropriately documented and referenced. Students found to be in violation of this policy risk failing the course.


Service for the Disabled : It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University. Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should inform the instructor immediately.


Tentative Schedule :


Friday September 8th - Course introduction, Chapters 1 and 2.


Saturday September 9th -Chapters 3, 4, and 5.


September 10-14 - Exam 1 available online.


Friday September 15th - Chapters 6 and 7.


Saturday September 16th - Chapters 8, 9, and 10.


September 17-21 - Exam 2 available online


Friday September 22 - Chapters 11 and 12


Saturday September 23rd - Chapters 13, 14, and 15


September 24-28 - Discussion Boards online.


Friday September 29th- PAPERS DUE!! Chapters 16 and 17.


Saturday September 30th - Presentations and Final Exam