Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Family Life - A Sociological Investigation

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Family life will be analyzed by means of a sociological perspective, with particular emphasis on family practices, policies and structures in contemporary societies.

Analysis of family life will incorporate various theories within micro and macro sociology and will look at cultural factors and situational factors in everyday family life.

Family life will be situated within specific historic, economic, political, ideological, discursive and cultural contexts.

Topics under investigation include family diversity and priorities; inequalities; formation and dissolution; relationships and care; the lifecourse; the family economy; and social change.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to introduce students to the sociology of family life by focusing on issues, interaction and processes related to the family within various social contexts. A sociological perspective will be developed during the study-unit.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

- Analyze family structures, issues and practices from a sociological perspective;
- Analyze the importance of sociological constructs such as structure and agency and different dimensions of family life (macro, micro);
- Analyze policy-making on family life from a sociological perspective;
- Analyze the intersection of family life with other social factors.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Sociologically reflect and critically engage with issues related to family life;
- Recognize the plurality of practices and structures related to families;
- Apply the study-unit material to analyze specific issues related to family life;
- Interpret and analyze key aspects of policy-making processes with respect to family life.

Main Text/s:

- Steel, L., Kidd, W., & Brown, A. (2011): The Family 2nd Edition – Palgrave Macmillan
- Cheal, David (2002): Sociology of Family Life. Palgrave Macmillan.

Supplementary Reading:

- Newman D.M. (2009): Families – A Sociological Perpsective. McGraw Hill.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michael Briguglio

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