Sociology of the Family

Course Code :1300PSWGEZ
Study domain:Sociology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Sarah Van de Velde

3. Course contents *

In the course of Sociology of the Family, we approach the family as a central institution of our society. In the first part of this course we examine how the family a complex institution that is subject to all sorts of social trends. Moreover, we discuss the central role that the family has in some important sociological theories.

In the second part of the course we will discuss the important socialization function of the family. We discuss a number of important gender theories as well as the relationship between the family and sexuality. Finally, we discuss how the family can sometimes be a violent place. This class will also include a guest lecture on the Family Justice Center of the City of Antwerp.

In the last part of the course, we focus on how the family reproduces both structural and cultural practices. For example, why does the traditional family constitute of a female homemaker and male breadwinner? Who puts the kids to bed? Who takes care of the sick grandmother? And how is it that the family largely determines what social position you occupy later in life? We conclude this section by looking at how family policies can make or break traditional family roles.

Lecture 1: Defining key concepts

Lecture 2: Historical trends of the family

Lecture 3: Theoretical approaches family sociology

Lecture 4: Gender and heteronormativity

Lecture 5: Sexual relations

Lecture 6: Domestic violence + guest lecture on Family Justice Center

Lecture 7: Division of labor within and outside the family

Lecture 8: Childcare and intergenerational solidarity

Lecture 9: Reproduction of inequality and the family

Lecture 10: The family in the welfare state

Lecture 11: Q&A