Special Topics in the Sociology of Family
|Unit(s): 3.0||Level(s): III||Term(s): Winter||Offered?: Yes|
This course seeks to provide a broad understanding of immigrant families, marriage and family life. There is a great deal of diversity and variation in family practices within Canada and globally. The course examines this variation within an historical context and relates it to contemporary social research and social theory. Grounded in a contemporary feminist theoretical critique, the course examines the changing trends in immigrant family life. While the focus is on immigrant families, we will also look at the changing families structures in Aboriginal Families who have been in Canada for thousands of years. Only Aboriginal Families are native to Canada, all other families are families of immigrants. The course seeks to give some context to the current structure of African Canadian families and South Asian families as key examples of immigrant families. The course also looks at the second generation immigrant children and the specific challenges they face in choosing marriage partners and dating. Through the use of an annotated bibliography assignment students are encouraged to research other immigrant family structures.