WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Fairbanks/Eielson AFB Campus School of Behavioral and Social Sciences Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused, and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind. JUAD/SOCI/PSYC 3321- Marriage and the Family Hybrid Class Term: Fall 2009 Instructor: Beth Durbin Contact Information: Office: 907-377-4398 Home: 907-372-1551 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: By Appointment Class Time and Location: Monday 6:00 – 10:00 pm – August 17, 31, September 7, 28, October 5, 26 - Bldg. 2326 Room 100 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: 1. Choices in Relationships, An Introduction to Marriage and the Family, 9 th edition. Knox/Schacht. ISBN: 978-0-495-09185-1 2. Choices in Relationships Study Guide, 9th edition. Knox/Schacht. ISBN: 978-0-495-09936-9 suggested Course outcome competencies: Identify and define choices made in dating, marriage and family relationships Analyze critical issues that are currently impacting the American family structure Discuss the diverse family structures and how they affects American social institutions Communicate in writing from sociological, criminal justice or psychological perspectives the aspects of family life. Course requirements: Your grade will be based on your performance on the following: Attendance/Participation: Regular attendance and participation are important and strongly encouraged to facilitate the learning process. Assigned reading is to be completed prior to sessions for which the reading was assigned. Discussion Board: Regular attendance and participation in online discussions/activities are important and strongly encouraged to facilitate the learning process. Assigned reading is to be completed prior to online interactive sessions for which the reading was assigned. At least one discussion question will be assigned for the five weeks that we do not meet in class and will require students to share their ideas and concepts with other students. Students need to have a minimum of 100 words for their initial response to the instructor’s question. Students are encouraged to share constructive information with the instructor and fellow classmates. The students are required to comment to the teachers’ discussion question by Wednesday at 9:00 pm (CST) and then respond to two other comments by Sunday at 11:59 pm (CST) to receive full credit weekly. Study Guide Exercises: See schedule for the assignments to be completed during the term. Answers are to be submitted by digital dropbox by Sunday of the week they are assigned by midnight. Genogram: You will complete a genogram on your family extending back to your grandparents on both sides of your family. More details will be handed out. Movies: Watch 3 movies related to a topic that is discussed in the text. Write a 2-4 page paper on the movie and discuss how the film relates to social work and the topic you choose. Be specific. Here are some examples of films: Pursuit of Happiness, One Flew over the Cookoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted, The Grapes of Wrath, Losing Isaiah, Philadelphia, Crash, Glass House, Mommy Dearest, Hotel Rwanda, etc. You can pick other films that you feel is appropriate, these are just some ideas. See schedule to see when each film is due during the term. Presentation: Do a presentation on a subject from the textbook that you researched. The presentation is to be done in Power Point. Please be creative and use tables, graphs, charts, etc. Students are to present their findings to the class in a 10-15 minute presentation. Please attach a bibliography and a print out of the slides to the teacher on the night the presentation is due. Tests: There will be a midterm and a final exam consisting of matching, multiple choice and essay questions. Method of determining course grade: Grade Weight: (based on 800 points possible) Class Participation: 50 points Genogram: 50 points Presentation: 100 points Discussion Board: 50 Study Guide Exercises: 200 Movies: 150 Mid term: 100 Final: 100 You can figure out your grade by taking your points you have earned and divide it into the number of points that the assignments total. For example in the middle of the term, if we have done 430 of the points and you have 370, then you divide 370 by 430 and you would get “86” which would be a “B”. If at the end of the term you have earned 850 points and the total points for everything is 870, then divide 850 by 870 and you would get a 97%, which would be an “A”. 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 Policy: Students will be in class on time. Attendance will be recorded with late arrivals and early departures noted. Absences of 25% or more of class meetings will result in a grade of F for the course. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of special extenuating circumstances (i.e., TDYs, family emergencies, etc.) that dictate a need to be absent from class. Instructor's policy on Academic Dishonesty: Intellectual, integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in 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. Students should inform the instructor of existing disabilities at the first class meeting. Tentative Schedule: August 17 Class Meeting Intro Read Chapter 1 & 2 August 24 Read Chapter 3 & 4 Discussion Board 1 Study Guide: Chap 3 – pg. 36 # 1-5, Chap. 4 – Pg. 50 #1 and pg. 51 # 1 Movie 1 due August 31 Class Meeting Read Chapter 5 & 6 September 7 Class Meeting Read Chapter 7 & 8 September 14 Midterm Discussion Board 2 September 21 Read Chapter 9 & 10 Discussion Board 3 Study Guide: Chap. 9 – pg. 118 #1-3, Chap. 10 – pg. 134 # 1-9 Movie 2 due September 28 Class Meeting Read Chapter 11 & 12 October 5 Class Meeting Read Chapter 13 & 14 Presentation due October 12 Read Chapter 15 & 16 Discussion Board 4 Study Guide: Chap. 15 – pg. 204 # 1-2, Chap. 16 – pg. 216 # 1-3 Movie 3 due October 19 Read Chapter 17 Discussion Board 5 Study Guide: Chap 17 – pg. 230 # 1-4 October 26 Class Meeting Final Exam Professor reserves right to modify syllabus as needed. Consult catalog for important deadlines such as add/drop, withdrawal, etc.