Ch 11: UExcel Sociology: Family

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons, and learn about the different challenges and structures of families. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Family - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Generally, families are groups of people that are related by blood or marriage. The term 'family' might also refer to those in global villages or communities. By watching the video lessons in this Family chapter, you should expand your knowledge of topics such as:

  • Social conflict and the social-exchange theory
  • The family patterns of matrilocality, patrilocality and neolocality
  • The challenges of family life

Video Objective
Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality and Neolocality Examine contrasts between matrilineal and patrilineal descent.
Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing and Aging Discuss basic stages of familial life.
Family Structure Variations in the United States Explore several of the world's variations of the traditional family.
Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families and Family Violence Study some problems that might be faced by families.
What is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options Learn about adoption, GLBT relationships, single parenthood and polygamy.
Different Theoretical Analyses of Families Explore structural-functional analysis and symbolic interactionism in familial terms.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: UExcel Sociology: Family
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

1. Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

The family, as a social institution, is an extremely important subject of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define family and kinship, and we discuss three different patterns of residency and systems of family lineage.

Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing & Aging

2. Family Life Stages and Traditions: Courtship, Marriage, Child Rearing & Aging

In this lesson, we discuss the four stages of traditional family life that sociologists study. Although the concept of family has changed with time, these four stages remain prominent in our culture.

What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options

3. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options

Although traditional families once dominated many neighborhoods, today, there are lots of ways to form a family beyond the traditional idea of a married mother and father raising children.

Family Structure Variations in the United States

4. Family Structure Variations in the United States

The following lesson will cover the different types of family structures that occur in the United States in addition to the traditional nuclear family structure. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

5. 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.

Different Theoretical Analyses of Families

6. Different Theoretical Analyses of Families

The following lesson will cover how sociologists approach the concept of family using different sociological theories. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter 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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