This course uses the sociological perspective to focus on contemporary family structures. Family is one of the major institutions in society. The course emphasizes the sociological aspects of changing family forms from a macro perspective. It examines social forces, including other social institutions, that shape the contemporary American family within a historical context. It explores changing sociological patterns of marriage, power, parenting, family crises, divorce, remarriage and alternative family lifestyles. The course focuses on the global impact of other social institutions on the family.