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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Sociology of the Family (SOC460)

Formerly Sociology of the Family (SOC410)

Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: formulate theories and applications of  how sociologists approach the study of the family; distinguish this approach from descriptive, historical and therapeutic approaches; place their own family in a larger cross-cultural and historical context; distinguish several definitions of family by showing how they emerge from different ways of looking at families; summarize the major theories on explanations of family life and changes; clarify and specify family roles and relationships including grandparents and extended relatives and the functions they serve in different societies; discuss the processes by which families form, terminate, and reconstruct; and identify and discuss the stressors, response factors and processes whereby families adjust to situations of change; and examine functional alternatives to the family.


Topics include an examination of definitions and varieties of families, family roles, relationships, and functions, problems facing the contemporary family, mate selection, divorce, death and remarriage, stress and conflict in family life, alternatives to the family and aging in the family, theoretical perspectives that  provide a framework for studying families.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology or Sociology (2/11) (4/16 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).