Course code Soci2014

Credit points 2

Sociology of Family

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation29.11.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Anda Grīnfelde

Dr. oec.

Course abstract

The study course focuses of family as one of the most significant social institutions where statuses, tasks, and roles can be analysed from the point of view of different perspectives: history, traditions and culture, gender and age structure, sociological theories.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completion of the study course, students will have:
Knowledge – on establishment and development of family sociology, theoretical paradigms in family studies, and diversity of family types and functions;
Skills – to analyse and interpret social processes of family institution, to compare different family and institutional child care models, to identify factors that influence family quality of life;
Competence – ability to evaluate critically transformation processes in social institution of family, to develop logical argumentation in identifying topical challenges in family studies.

Compulsory reading

1. Антонов А. И. (ред.). Социология семьи. Москва: ИНФРА-М, 2005. 640 c.
2. Graham A. (ed) The Sociology of the Family: a Reader. United Kingdom. Blackwell Publishing, 2004. 376 p.
3. Ponzetti J.J.Jr. (sast.) International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. NewYork: Macmillan Reference, 2003. 1499 p.
4. Bernardes J. Family Studies: An introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2001. 229 p.

Further reading

1. Солодников В.В. Социология социально – дезадаптированной семьи. Санкт-Петербург: Директ, Питерб, 2007. 384 c.
2. Karpova Ā. Ģimenes psiholoģija. Rīga: RaKa, 2006. 445 lpp.
3. Giddens A. The Transformation of Intimacy. Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Moderm Societies. Cambridge, Oxford: Polity Press, 2002. 212 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal of Marriage and Family. Minneapolis: Wiley-Blackwel. ISSN 0022-2445
2. The British Journal of Sociology. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISSN 1468-4446
3. Latvijas Universitātes Raksti. Socioloģija. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte. ISSN 1407-2157