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Ch 8: Gender, Family & Sexuality

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Study this self-paced sociology chapter to review topics related to family, gender and sexuality. You can access these lessons at any time to help you prepare for tests, finish homework assignments or simply improve your overall understanding of these particular sociology topics.

Gender, Family & Sexuality - Chapter Summary

Study these bite-sized lessons at any time to review gender, sexuality and family topics from a sociological perspective. The chapter breaks down important definitions and concepts related to gender roles and views, family lineage, sexual relationships and family challenges. We've included practice quizzes to help you check your understanding of the information, and you can also print out the accompanying lesson transcripts to study offline. Feel free to submit questions to our instructors if you need any clarification. The lesson material is also available at any time of day or night, which allows you to study whenever you have free time. The chapter is designed to help you:

  • Compare traditional and current gender roles
  • Explain gender roles in sociology's second shift concept
  • Differentiate between various sociological gender views
  • Know how family lineage is traced through several descent systems
  • Assess different types of sexual relationships in society
  • Outline some of challenges that families face in modern society

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Gender, Family & Sexuality
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Gender Roles in Society: Definition & Overview

1. Gender Roles in Society: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, we will define gender roles and look into the traditional roles of men and women. We will also explore the shift in these roles and how they appear today.

Second Shift in Sociology: Definition & Roles

2. Second Shift in Sociology: Definition & Roles

After both Mom and Dad work a 9-5 job outside the home, who makes dinner and does the dishes? If you said 'Mom,' then your family might operate in a sociological paradigm called 'the second shift.'

Gender Views: Margaret Mead, George Murdock and Global Views

3. Gender Views: Margaret Mead, George Murdock and Global Views

How much of gender-role expectation is biologically based, and how much is based on culture? This lesson asks that overarching question by discussing three different examinations of gender by culture, each of which offers a different perspective on how influential culture is on gender roles.

Descent Systems: Matrilineal, Patrilineal, Unilateral & Bilateral

4. Descent Systems: Matrilineal, Patrilineal, Unilateral & Bilateral

In this lesson, you will explore some of the different ways to trace lineage, including both patrilineal and matrilineal systems. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Sexual Relationships in Society: Definitions and Concepts

5. Sexual Relationships in Society: Definitions and Concepts

Explore many types of sexual relationships, including combinations that are considered more or less acceptable in different cultures. Concepts covered in this lesson include family, incest, endogamy vs. exogamy, and different forms of marriage (e.g., monogamy, polygamy, polygyny, and polyandry).

Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

6. Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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