HUMN 2025 Families and Intimate Life

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102143

Coordinator Emily Wolfinger Opens in new window

Description This unit will critically examine sociological perspectives on families and intimate life, building on the approaches and theories introduced in the first year of Sociology studies. The familiarity of families and intimate relationships will be thrown into question. Students will be asked to examine their beliefs, unpack myths of the 'naturalness' of family, and question the 'personal'. Families and intimate relationships will be viewed as part of the wider social structure, their constitutions shaped by culture, economies, social policy, technology and globalisation. The unit will demonstrate the historical and cultural specificity of the nuclear family and its role in the creation and reproduction of social inequality and social difference.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects HUMN 2052 - Sociology of the Family HUMN 2016 - Comparative Studies of Families and Kinship

Restrictions Successful completion of 40 credit points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Recognise and describe the family and intimate relationships as socially constituted.
  2. Describe the contemporary diversity of family and intimate relationship forms across cultures.
  3. Provide evidence for the historical specificity of family forms and intimate relationships.
  4. Analyse the family and intimate relationships in terms of power relations.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of sociological approaches to the family and intimate life.
  6. Apply sociological theory to analyse families and intimate life.
  7. Recognise and describe the family as a social rather than a biological construct;
  8. Recognise and describe intimate relationships as social constructs;
  9. Describe the contemporary diversity of family and intimate relationship forms both in our own and other cultures;
  10. Provide evidence for the historical specificity of family forms and intimate relationships;
  11. Analyse the family and intimate relationships in terms of power relations;
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of sociological approaches to the family and intimate life.

Subject Content

- Diverse families and intimate relationships across time and culture
- Sociological theories on the family and intimate life
- Love and romance
- Marriage and cohabitation
- Gendered division of domestic labour
- Childhood and parenting
- Extended family relationships
- Gendered violence in families and intimate relationships
- Relationship breakdown, divorce and re-partnering
- Friendship and social networks beyond the family
Introduction to concepts: family, households and intimate relationships
Theoretical perspectives on the family: functionalist, feminist, queer, individualisation, demographic, economic
Diverse families and intimate relationships
Gender roles
Marriage
Violence and intimate relationships
Households and unpaid labour
Childhood, parenting and consumption
Mothers and Fathers
Love and romance
Friendship
Families, intimate relationships and social change

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection -Online Journal Entries (2 x 250 words) 500 words 20 N Individual
Essay response to one question from a set list. 1500 words 40 N Individual
Take Home Short Answer Exam 1000 words 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact Alexia Cameron Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 2

Penrith (Kingswood)

Day

Subject Contact Emily Wolfinger Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Liverpool

Day

Subject Contact Emily Wolfinger Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

Subject Contact Emily Wolfinger Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact Alexia Cameron Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Sydney City

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Subject Contact Andrey Zheluk Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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