Marriage and the Family


  2. A. Course Title: Marriage and the Family
    B. Course Number: SO 223W - 10360
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Spring 2019 office schedule work phone 575-492-2810, C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is a study of the social context of the modern family. Emphasis is placed on parenting techniques, as well as psychological traits of a healthy family. Care is given to ascertain the social factors that influence mate selection and mate compatibility of relationships. This is a three credit hour course.


    Marriage and the Family is a sociological study of the institution of marriage and family patterns in the United States. It is a fact that marriage in the United States has been entered into without much preparation which can be supported by the low level of satisfaction in marriage reported by American couples. Society has a set normative description of the “Ideal Marriage” and yet there is a score of marriage and family types and alternatives.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Marriage and Family
    Author: Benokraitis, Nijole V.
    Edition: 8th
    Publisher: Pearson
    ISBN: 13: 978-0-205-91819-5



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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Attendance will be based on students logging in once a week. This will be in order to engage in lecture and discussion and examination. Grading will also be determined by "quality Contribution." "QC" is determined by appropriate contribution by responding to other students and adding to the topic of discussion.

    Weekly Exams
    Exams will be given weekly except for the final. These exams are due by the following Sunday night at 11:00pm. The due date of the final exam TBA. Each Exam is worth 50 points each.

    10 Assignments and/or Discussions will be given throughout the semester. They are due the following Sunday evening by 11:00pm. Late work will not be accepted without previous approval from the Instructor. Each discussion is worth 25 points each.

    Exams are worth 50 points each.
    Discussions and assignments are worth 25 pts. each. 50 points for attendance is rewarded to the students that have actively engaged weekly in course work.

    Evaluation Breakdown
    Students will be "offered" 1000 points for the semester.
    700- Exams
    250- 10 Discussions
    50 points at the beginning of the semester. if adequate log-in and participation is not accomplished it will be as if the students didn't attend, thus 5 points for attendance will deduced.

    900+= A
    800-899= B
    Below 600= F
    Student grades received will be according to the following general standard:
    59 or less=F

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College’s Social/Behaviorial Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the context of complex and diverse communities.
    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.
    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.
    D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Upon completion of the course a student should be able to:

    - Evaluate and explain the differences between traditional and alternative styles of marriage and the family
    - Describe how gender role development as shaped by society
    - Discuss the different theories of love
    - Explain the process of dating and mate selection
    - Evaluate and clasify the different patterns of marriage relationships
    - Summarize the common types of communication and conflict resolution within intimate relationships
    - Evaluate sexual behaviors and risks in human relationships
    - Discuss planning for and parenting of children
    - Analyze the different issues related to work and leisure as related to the family
    - Describe patterns of abusive in intimate relationships
    - Recognize points of stress and articulate the strategies for its resolution within intimate relationships
    - Describe and explain the factors contributing to divorce, its consequences and remarriage issues


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Marriage and Family is a sociological study. students will have opinions based on personal ethnical, religious and cultural foundations.Respect for one another is a must in discussions as each student's contributions will be valued.


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Classes begin Jan 14th
    EXAMS at the end of each week!
    Jan.14 Chapter 1`
    Jan.21 MLK Birthday.Campus closed/no online
    Jan.22 Chapter 2
    Jan.28 Chapter 3 Discussion
    Feb.4 Chapter 4
    Feb.11 Chapter 5
    Feb.18 Chapter 6
    Feb.25 Chapter 7
    Mar.4 Chapter 8
    Mar.11 Chapter 9
    Mar.18 Discussion
    Mar.25-29 Spring Break
    Apr.1 Chapter 10
    Apr.8 Chapter 11
    Apr.15 Chapter 12 & Discussion
    Apr. 19 Good Friday campus closed
    Apr.22 Chapter 13
    Apr.29 Chapter 14
    May.6-8 Finals