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The Family

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2012
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Mon/Wed  11:00-12:20

Dr. Beverly L. Stiles (view Profile)


Course Objectives



  1. To help students understand how marriage and family life function from a scientific and sociological perspective.
  2. Introduce you to sociological concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry within the area of family and marriage.
  3. 3.  To help you to use these concepts and theories to better understand your own family and marriage experiences and related events in the larger society.
  4. To help students understand how families have changed over time.
  5. To help students understand how families are affected by economic and institutional forces.
  6. To help students perceive diversity in families and marriages.
  7. To help students understand how gender, race, and class affect how we experience family and marriage.
Course Expectations

This course covers the chapters and topics listed below.  Exams will cover this material as well as additional material from lectures, activities, and videos.  Students are required to write a paper in this class as well.



Tentative Schedule of Topics and Exams






Introduction/Historical Views


Marriages and families/Theory and Research


Gender and family


EXAM #1 (over above material)



4, 5


6, 7



EXAM #2 (over above material)


Children and Parenting


Paid Work and family life


Divorce and remarriage

12, 13

Final exam covering chapters 9, 10, 12, and 13.

Grading Standards


GRADING:                There will be three (3) exams, including the final.  Each exam will consist of a combination of 40 multiple choice questions from the text, and may consist of one or two short answer questions.  I “may” choose to give a pop quiz prior to an exam that is worth 10 points.  If so, this will count as 10 points toward your exam, meaning that when I give the exam it will only be worth 90 points.  I will then add your pop quiz to your exam grade to equal one complete exam grade.  In addition, there is a paper assignment due on or before Nov. 26th.  The details and helpful suggestions for the paper assignment are contained in a separate handout.  The exams and paper are given equal weight in calculating your grade.


                                    If you miss an exam, you may take an all essay make-up exam on the last day of classes, December 7th, at 3:00 in this room only when you provide positive proof of illness (a doctor’s written excuse specifying exactly which days you were unable to attend); presents a written excuse from a physician for a dependent child’s illness; has a death in the immediate family; or written proof of other emergency such as an official university excuse.






Grades will be determined by the following:

  1. three exam grades worth 100 points each
  2. Paper project worth 100 points


*There “may” be opportunity for bonus points


Grades will be determined by the following scale:

                                                A = 90-100

                                                B = 80-89

                                                C = 70-79

                                                D = 60-69

                                                F = below 60

Final Exam 12/10/2012 10:30
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

No late papers accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

You will find a high correlation between attendance and class grade!  A good portion of each exam will focus on lecture material that is not in the book.  In addition, in-class exercises and/or pop quizzes will provide bonus points.  Therefore, good attendance is a necessity.  YOU WILL BE DROPPED IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 3 (THREE) UNEXCUSED ABSENCES.  I may drop a student for excessive excused absences as well, at my discretion.  If your combined excused and unexcused absences add up to more than 3 (three) absences, I will deduct 5 points from your final grade for each additional absence.


                                    An absence is considered officially excused ONLY if a student:

  1. Presents a written excuse from a physician, or MSU infirmary
  2. Presents written evidence of attending a mandatory university function (band, choir, sports, etc.)
  3. Presents a written excuse from a physician for a dependent child’s illness, or
  4. Has a death in his/her immediate family



Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at