COURSE Code: SOCI 040
No matter how it is structured, the family is the most basic social institution in all societies. The way it is formed, how it operates, and who is considered a member may be factors that differ from one society to another, but all societies expect some form of family to be responsible for regulating long-term male/female relationships, reproduction, child development, and the treatment of aged relatives.
Some people speak of the family being under attack today. That is an exaggeration. The family is changing now much as it has changed before to adapt to different situations. No one form is right for all times and all places. The main purpose of this course is to help students comprehend the processes of change and tradition, variety and sameness operating on families today, so that they may make informed choices in their family careers, and look at the families of other Canadians from a position of greater understanding and respect.