This course is designed to provide students with a variety of theoretical perspectives to understanding families. It considers the diversity of families including exploration of cultural differences, same-sex parents, single parents and blended families. The role of marriage is examined, as well as childbearing and socialization. Issues such as middle age, empty nest, aging in the family, and special concerns such as chronic illness, disability, alcoholism, violence, and poverty are introduced.
*The fall semester of FAM 180 is in the classroom, the winter semester offering is via distance learning.
Prerequisites: ENGL 12 or equivalent.