Families, Intimacy and Social Changes: The Sociology of Relationships
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- 31 Jul 2023
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1. Analyse the key changes in contemporary families and/or relationships
2. Analyse contemporary social issues relevant to families and relationships
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of individualisation as a social theory for understanding contemporary relationships
- • Intimacy.
- • Care.
- • Families.
- • Parenting.
- • Friendships.
- • Pets.
- • Possessions.
Prerequisites: Student must have completed 60 credit points of Level one subjects. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed SOC2FAC (Families and Change), or SOC3SOR (Sociology of Relationships) are ineligible to enrol in this subject
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Families and relationships continue to be a central part of our everyday lives, yet how we relate and how we 'do' family is changing as a result of rapid social, cultural, technological and other changes. In this subject, you will explore how and why relationships are changing, from our most intimate bonds to our casual acquaintances, from families and friends to pets and treasured possessions. You will consider the role of media representations, government policies and emotions in shaping the relationships we value and seek to protect. From recent shifts in online dating and same-sex marriage, through to expectations of parenting and grandparenting, and norms of pet ownership and friendship, we examine a wide range of current issues related to love and care, distance and loss, loneliness and connection. Examples from Australia and around the world are used to help think critically and analytically about the role of cultural diversity and social change in relationships, both within and beyond the family, and in relation to new technologies.
- Online Forum (800 word equivalent) (20%)
- Assignment (1000 word equivalent) (30%)
- Research Essay (2000 words) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.