6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2017
The unit will examine developments that have shaped the modern family and the often heated debates that encircle it. By tracing the history of the family from the pre-modern to modern era, it will ask a series of questions that seek to challenge commonly held assumptions about past and present families: How has the state intervened in the "private" realm of family life? What are the range of forms that families take and why? To what extent has the social reality of family life conformed or deviated from dominant cultural ideals? Topics may include: family life in pre-industrial settings; the nineteenth century domestic ideal and the rearing of future citizens; world wars, revolutions, and family upheaval; the sexual revolution; birth control; the feminist critique of the family; the one child family policy in China; family dissolution, divorce, and the state; new innovations in biological knowledge and technology; and the rise of unconventional families.
- An understanding of the various social, political, and economic forces that have contributed to shaping the institutions of family.
- Critical insights on the specific differences between early modern and present day families and gender roles.
- A sophisticated understanding of how the cultural meanings and experiences of family have varied across time and space, but also across race, class, gender, and ethnicity.
- A knowledge of how modern technologies and evolving biological knowledge have altered the composition of and cultural expectations for the family.
- A familiarity with how interventions of the state in the formation and dissolution of families.
- The acumen to critically analyse different kinds of primary sources.
Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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