Marriage and the Family


  2. A. Course Title: Marriage and the Family
    B. Course Number: SO 223W - 30356
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    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: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2019 office schedule work phone , 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: HH205

    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



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    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

    Evaluation Breakdown
    Semester grades are "weighted" on the following percentages
    5 Exams 50%
    10 Discussions 25%
    Attendance 10%

    900+= A
    800-899= B
    Below 600= F

    The total number of points you "earn" will be your semester grade.

    This course is Web Enhanced. There will be course work to be done online.

    The instructor reserves the right to determine which of the exams will be on online/canvas and which ones will be presented in the classroom. There will be six exams including the final throughout the semester. These exams are taken from textbook and classroom lectures. There will be 5 Exams worth 100 points each.

    There will be 10 pertinent topics throughout the semester that will be used for online discussion. Students will provide meaningful dialogue with one another through quality contribution that delivers more than mere agreement or disagreement but provides ideas, thoughts and perceptions that add to the discussion. For full credit, students will respond to the topic and then comment on at least two other student's remarks. Discussions are worth 25 points each.

    There will be a communications skills test verbally done during the semester. This will demonstrate the student's ability to work through conflict resolution.
    Communication skills test is worth 100 points.

    Each student starts the semester with 100 points for attendance. Points are deducted 10 points at a time for each absence.


    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

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    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.


    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.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    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
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    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.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    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
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. 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 Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    August 29- Exam I Chapters 1 & 2
    Sept. 19- Exam II Chapters 3,4,& 5
    Oct. 17- Exam III Chapters 6,7,& 8
    Nov. 5- Communications test Due
    Nov. 14- Exam IV Chapters 9,10,& 11
    Dec. 9-11- Final Exam V Chapters 12,13,14, & 15