Sociology 323                                                                                             rev 3/30/2014

 

Sociology of the Family

 

Syllabus

 

Spring Quarter, 2014

Class Meets Mondays, 2:15-5:05

Bldg 160, rm 325

 

 

Michael J. Rosenfeld

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

McClatchy Hall (Building 120) room 124

mrosenfe@stanford.edu

http://www.stanford.edu/~mrosenfe

(NOTE that the website contains reading questions and much additional class information)

 

 

Overview:

            The American family has changed a great deal in the past few decades. Extra-marital cohabitation and divorce have risen sharply in the past 30 years. Young adults are marrying later than ever before. Interracial marriage and same-sex cohabitation have increased. Same-sex marriage has emerged as one of the most divisive political issues in the U.S. Women’s roles in the labor force have changed, and women’s place in society and within the home seems to have changed as well. What do all these changes mean? Are recent changes in the American family really as dramatic as they seem?  We will examine family change from historical, social, demographic, and legal perspectives.

 

All work and notes in the class will be posted to Coursework.

 

* Reading discussants (for assigned reading and for supplementary reading) will post a page of notes with a flow chart (see the guidelines posted on my website) at least a day before class when the readings are to be discussed.

* Student research presentations (whether it is a draft paper, a literature review, an outline, a Powerpoint slide show, or some combination of these) will be posted to Coursework 5 days before the presentation.

* Students who are commenting on another student’s presentation will comment in class, and post some comments to Coursework after the presentation.

* Comments on one other students’ paper will consist of a 1-2 page memo, which will be posted to Coursework after the due date for student papers.

 

 

 

Computer use in class:

Computer use in class is limited to viewing class materials.

 

 

Required Reading, all available at the Stanford Bookstore

* Goldthorpe, J.E. 1987. Family Life in Western Societies: A Historical Sociology of Family Relationships in Britain and North America. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521337526, $43

* Cherlin, Andrew J. 1992. Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage. Second Edition. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN-10: 067455082X. $25

* Waite, Linda and Maggie Gallagher. 2001. The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better off Financially. Broadway Books.  ISBN : 0767906322. $11

* Friedan, Betty. 2001 [1963]. The Feminine Mystique. WW. Norton. ISBN : 0393322572. $11

* Wallerstein, Judith, and Sandra Blakeslee. 2004. Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade After Divorce.  ISBN : 0618446893. $10

* Rosenfeld, Michael J. 2007. The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions, and the Changing American Family. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN-10: 0674034902. $20

* Hochschild, Arlie and Anne Machung. 2003 [1989]. The Second Shift. New Updated Edition. Penguin.  ISBN : 0142002925. $11

 

 

Requirements:

For Graduate Students (soc 323):

* Assigned Reading Discussant, one week

15%

* Regular class participation

15%

* Supplementary reading discussant, one week

15%

* In-class research presentation

15%

* Your discussion of another student’s research presentation

15%

* Final paper

15%

* Your evaluation of another student’s final paper

10%

 

 

NOTE:

For Supplementary readings, see my website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1:

 

Mar 31

class orientation

 

 

Week 2:

 

Apr 7

First half of the class:

Required text: Goldthorpe’s Family Life in Western Societies.

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings TBA

Week 3:

 

Apr 14

No Class (erev Passover and I have to cook for 20 people)

 

Week 4:

 

Apr 21

First half of the class:

Required text: Andrew Cherlin’s Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (read the whole book)

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings TBA

Week 5:

 

Apr 28

First half of the class:

Required text: Waite and Gallagher’s The Case for Marriage (read the whole book)

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings TBA

Week 6:

 

May 5

First half of the class:

Required text: Rosenfeld’s The Age of Independence (read the whole book)

 

Supplementary readings or student presentations

Week 7:

 

May 12

First half of the class:

Required text: Wallerstein and Blakseslee’s Second Chances (chapters 1-7, 15-18, and the appendix).

 

Supplementary readings or student presentations

Week 8:

 

May 19

First half of the class:

Required text: Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (read chapters 1-6 and ch 14)

 

Second half of the class: Student research presentations

Week 9:

 

May 26

No class, Memorial Day

 

Week 10:

 

June 2

Student presentations