Metropolitan Community College
Course Syllabus –   Spring Term 2011
Marriage and the Family

SOCI 2160  4A


Class Begins - Ends              March 10 – May 24, 2011
College will be closed          Saturday and Sunday, April 23 - 24
Meeting Day/Time:                      Tuesday and Thursday 2 – 3:55
Last Day to Withdraw        May 9, 2011
Delivery Type:                   Lecture, Discussion, Activities, Projects and Quizzes 
Class Location:                   Fort Omaha, #10, Room 237


Instructor Name:                Jenni Fauchier
Office Location:                  Fort Omaha , Building #10 Room 133 b
Office Telephone:              402-457-2465
Facsimile:                            402-457-2250
Home telephone                   402-493-9332
Office Hours:                     by appointment or
                                    Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – noon and 4 -4:30 p.m.

Email Address:          

Academic Program Area:     Social Science
Dean’s Office Telephone:    Jane Franklin at South Omaha , 402-738-4545

Class Webpage:         

 Course Description:
Designed for all students, the purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the social role of marriage and family living.  Topics covered include courtship and preparation for marriage; conflict situations and adjustments between spouses; parent-child relationships; the family in the community; and disintegration of the family unit.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:   Assessment Testing, College-level reading skills are strongly recommended.

At the completion of this course, each student will be able to:

1.        Distinguish between monogamy, polygamy, nuclear and extended

2.        Compare sociological theoretical perspectives of gender roles, division
           of labor, and distribution of power in the family.

3.        Evaluate the effectiveness of the American mate selection process.

4.        Identify and compare at least two styles of child rearing.

5.        Propose factors that should be considered in choosing to have

6.        Identify factors that may lead to the dysfunction of a family.

7.        Judge the differences that divorce and widowhood have for
           remarriage potential.

8.        Evaluate the adjustment problems inherent in step-families.

9.        Evaluate society's efforts to prevent/ameliorate abuse in families. 

Textbook:  Required.
:           Choices in Relationships
 Edition:       10th  2010
 Authors:               Knox and Schacht



Metropolitan Community College uses Microsoft products as part of its standard software and encourages students to do the same. You may save word-processed documents for file attachments in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.   If your software does not allow either of these, then save files in Rich Text Format (.rtf).



This course is a lecture-discussion class.  From time to time, audiovisual media will be used to accompany and enhance the content.  Student discussion activities with report-out and student presentations will also be a regular part of the class structure. 




The student will engage in the following activities to amplify and document his or her learning:

·         Read and study the textbook.  (Students are responsible for textbook material -- we may not go over all required content in class!)

·         Appropriately participate in class and small group discussions.

·         Be a contributing member of the group projects.

·         Attend to media presented in class.

·         Complete the scenarios project as outlined in class

·         Complete online chapter quizzes

·         Four Presentations using at least three of the following options

o   Individual PowerPoint presentation

o   Poster individual or pair created

o   Partner presentation

o   Quia game and presentation leading class through play of your game

o   Quia survey with class completion and report out of findings

o   Other idea as approved by instructor

·         Maintain appropriate class decorum -- including and especially limiting conversations during class and turning your cell phone OFF!


Specific instructions and deadlines for submissions will be distributed in class.



This course is specifically designed to meet the following General Education Competencies: 

Social Cultural Awareness - Social and cultural awareness provides the basis to understand how each of us shapes, and is shaped by, our culture and society, as well as recognizing and understanding the obligation to engage in ethical, safe, and legal behaviors.


Scientific Inquiry - Science plays a vital role in todays society from environmental issues to health issues to economic issues. To assess the validity of scientific information, students should be able to effectively evaluate and use the scientific process.


Other general education competencies may be addressed in the context of the course. 


Written assignments are to be typed (word processed) and double-spaced.  Tests and/or assignments completed on the course website.  For in-class testing,  a form or answer sheet will be provided. 


If you hand in something torn from a spiral notebook, rough edges are to be trimmed.


In order to receive full credit, your assignments must:

 1.      be written in your own words and in complete sentences,
 2.      incorporate examples when possible,
 3.      be typed (word processed) and double spaced,
 4.      include an introductory statement and/or a concluding statement,
 5.      all content from text or other sources are to be appropriately   
          referenced and documented
 6.      be generally grammatically correct, proofread for typing/spelling
          errors and readable.


Here are a couple of examples for citing references from the web:

Varian, H. R. (1997, June 11). The future of electronic journals. Paper presented at the 1997 Scholarly Communication and Technology Conference. Retrieved June 27, 2001 from

McGann, J. (1995).
The rationale of HyperText. Retrieved June 27, 2001, from University of Virginia , Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanaties Web site

 You can see that you need more than just the URL, include the author, date, title, and website sponsor with the URL at the end
For a book:   author, title, publisher, copyright date.  These are from the website "Using Principles of APA Style to Cite and Document Sources"  

Critical Factors are :

Neatness, Originality, Promptness, Sufficiency of Content


The Campus Academic Resource Centers will provide instruction and assistance in word processing.  Word processing can also be done in the Microcomputer Labs.  Always backup your documents and comply with ARC and Lab rules regarding using College equipment and software and scanning for viruses!    The Writing Centers will offer assistance in composing and formatting your papers and assignments. 



Assignments will be due on the date specified on the course calendar or in class.  Late submission of assignments (for ANY REASON!) will result in loss of 25 % of the points.   Extra credit materials will not be accepted after the day they were due.   Take-home tests which are not submitted by the due date will not be accepted.   An all-essay, closed book, make-up version of the test may be arranged, with instructor permission, in the Testing Center.



All assignments, quizzes and projects are worth points.  Grades will be earned on the basis of total points accumulated throughout the quarter.  Grades will be assigned as indicated:

             92  -  100%  =  A   Excellent
            82  -   91%   =  B    Above Average
            72  -   81%   =  C    Average
            65  -   71%   =  D    Below Average
            lower than   65%   =  F    Failing


As a general rule, the incomplete (I) grade is not granted.  Students who have completed at least 75% of course work but who are unable to complete the course on time will be granted the grade earned at the end of the course.  However, with permission of the instructor, a student may submit the remainder of the work by a mutually agreed upon deadline.  After evaluation of the make-up work, appropriate grade change forms will be filed.



Metropolitan Community College is committed to continuous improvement of teaching and learning. You may be asked to help us to accomplish this objective. For example, you may be asked to respond to surveys or questionnaires.   In other cases, tests or assignments you are required to do for this course may be shared with faculty and used for assessment purposes.



By enrolling in classes offered by Metropolitan Community College, the student gives the College license to mark on, modify, and retain the work as may be required by the process of instruction, as described in the course syllabus. The institution shall not have the right to use the work in any other manner without the written consent of the student(s).





Students are expected to attend class.  This class meets 22 times.   Attendance may be taken several times during the class.  If a student must miss any part of a class, the student is expected to notify the instructor using one of the methods of contact specified on page 1 of this syllabus.  Notes will be posted on the webpage.  Do not ask me to call you to let me know what you have missed, please.  It is the student’s responsibility to see me during office hours or to access the notes on the class page.  As a general policy, students who miss more than 4 hours of class time may not qualify for the  A  grade.


Students who miss more than 9 hours of class should withdraw themselves or risk the consequences of a failing grade.    FEW exceptions will be made to this policy.   However, special consideration will be made for weather concerns and H1N1 virus.  The key is to be in good communication with the instructor about all missed class time!


After the first class meeting and through the Section Census Date, the instructor may disenroll (WX) students who have not attended any classes. The Section Census Date is listed  on page 1 and under the Important Dates for the course in the official Class Schedule at There is no appeal for this disenrollment.



When you communicate with others in this course, you must follow the Student Code of Conduct (, which calls for responsible and cooperative behavior.   Please think critically, ask questions, and challenge ideas, but also show respect for the opinions of others, respond to them politely, and maintain the confidentiality of thoughts expressed in the class. For email and other online communications, you may also wish to review information at



Students are reminded that materials they use as sources for class work may be subject to copyright protection. Additional information about copyright is provided on the library website at or by your instructor. In response to incidents of student dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.), the College imposes specific actions that may include receiving a failing grade on a test, failure in the course, suspension from the College, or dismissal from the College. Disciplinary procedures are available in the Advising/Counseling Centers or at


If you cannot participate in and complete this course, you should officially withdraw by calling Central Registration at 402-457-5231 or 1-800-228-9553. Failure to officially withdraw will result in either an attendance-related failure (FX) or failing (F) grade. The last date to withdraw is May 9, 2011. 




MCC's Academic Resource Centers, Math Centers, and Writing Centers offer friendly, supportive learning environments that can help students achieve educational success. Staff members in these centers provide free drop-in assistance with basic computing, reading, math, and writing skills. Self-paced, computer-assisted instructional support in reading, vocabulary, typing, English as a Second Language, and online course orientation is also available.

 Detailed information about the Academic Resource, Math, and Writing Centers is in the Student Handbook, College Catalog, and online at



If you have a disability that may substantially limit your ability to participate in this class, please contact a Disability Support Services Counselor located in the Student Services Office on each campus. Metropolitan Community College will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with documented qualifying disabilities. However, it is the students responsibility to request accommodations. For further information, please visit and/or contact Student Services.



For assistance with student email, passwords, and most other MCC technology, contact the Help Desk at 457-2900 or



By using the information technology systems at MCC (including the computer systems and phones), you acknowledge and consent to the conditions of use as set forth in the Metropolitan Community College Procedures Memorandum on Acceptable Use of Information Technology and Resources. It is your responsibility as a student to be familiar with these procedures. The full text of the Procedures Memorandum may be found at the following website:



Cell phones and other electronic or communication devices are to be turned off during class!!!   As you know, this course has a lot of discussion.  Your classmates are depending on you to be mature about your classroom behavior.  Please be attentive and quiet during class time.  Please try to arrive on time and share in the class discussions when asked to do so.   Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.  Turn your cell phones off and put them and other electronic equipment (i.e. MP3 players; laptop computers) away during class time!  With permission, laptops may be used for note-taking, but must not be open to any other pages while class is in session!

Be Courteous.  Be Attentive.  Be Responsible.

Be a Contributing Member of the Class.

Demonstrate integrity.

Enjoy the Learning!



You are encouraged to use College resources wisely.  Recycle class paper that is no longer needed – the Student Services Offices and Libraries have recycle bins.   Ask at the desk.  There is a recycle bin in the back hallway of the first floor near the restrooms.   Recycle soda cans in receptacles in the Commons area.   Funds from this recycling effort are donated to the Foundation Scholarship Funds and directly support further student learning!   Watch for places to recycle plastic bottles.  Smoke only in designated areas and dispose of smoking waste in the appropriate way.  Do not just drop butts on the ground!  Keep our campuses clean!  If you are the last person to leave a classroom, switch off the lights.  Report the need for restroom cleaning or additional bathroom supplies (paper products or soap) to maintenance.  (South 738-4008; Fort – 457-2307; EVC 289-1217).   Suggest ways to be environmentally aware to your friends and classmates.  Thanks for your support of these efforts!



NOTICE: This syllabus sets forth a tentative schedule of class topics, learning activities, and expected learning outcomes. However, the instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule to enhance learning for students. Any modifications will not substantially change the intent or objectives of this course and will conform to the policies and guidelines of Metropolitan Community College.


Week #1  March 10 and 15

       ( film clip)

          Intro to the class; Go over materials

          Research Methods and Sociological Theory           

          Chapters 1


Week #2  March 17 and 22

       Love; Gender

          Chapters 2 and 3


  Week #3  March 24 and 29

          Communication;  Types of relationships

          Chapters 4 and 5

Deadline for Quiz Set #1 (Ch 1-5) is April 3


Week #4  March 31 and April 5
           Mate Selection and Marriage; Wedding Plans

          Chapters 6 and 7
           Appendix C
       Work on International Fair projects

Week #5  April 7 and 12

       April 7 we will attend the International Fair at South Omaha Campus

          Same Sex Couples

           Chapter 8


Week #6  April 14 and 19

     Sexuality, Contraception, Planning for Children
        Special Topics 1 - 3

        Parenting Issues
        Chapters 9 - 11


Week #7  April 21 and 26

       Conclude parenting issues
       Economic Issues

       Chapter 12

Deadline for Quiz Set 2 (Ch 6–12) is May 1


Week #8  April 28 and May 3
     Violence and Stress
       Chapters 13 and 14


Week #9  May 5 and 10

        Divorce and remarriage
        Chapters 15 and 16


Week #10  May 12 and 17

     Relationships in later years
       Future Issues
       Chapters 17 and Epilogue
       Appendix D and E

Deadline for Quiz Set 3 (Ch 13-Epilogue) is May 22


Week #11    May 19 and 24

      Presentations of Case Scenarios and Projects


IMPORTANT DATES   for this class may be accessed at the following links: