For Friday, 5/11 (SOC 303)

May 8, 2018

I went to the emergency room after class last week; you will perhaps be disappointed to learn that I survived (it was just an eye infection), so I’m afraid that your research proposals are still due. This Friday I should be back to normal, so please take advantage of my office hours in the lab to iron out your proposal issues.

We’re in the home stretch. If you are feeling exceptionally anxious about the rough draft, I hope you made sure to seek me out today during class; I can only address the problems I’m made aware of, after all. Nevertheless, if you missed your opportunity last week, please feel free to contact me by email and we can set up a time to talk on the phone. I really urge you to do so: at least one person asked if they might send their rough draft to me ahead of time for comment, but a telephone conversation can cover a lot more ground.

Prep

  • HW due: Research Proposal Rough Draft
    • Repeat after me: Saying that you’re going to read more and think more about your topic is not research design! Saying that you’re going to read more and think more about your topic is not research design! Saying that you’re going to read more and think more about your topic is not research design!
  • Patten (2014), Topic 48 (‘Developing a Timeline’)

In Class

For Next Time

  • Patten (2014), Topic 36 (‘Ethical Issues in Measurement’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic  39 (‘Ethical Issues and Procedures’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 45 (‘Writing a Discussion Section’)
  • Research Proposal Final Draft
  • Oral Presentations
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For Wednesday, 5/9 (SOC 1103 MW)

May 8, 2018

Prep

  • Review Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 10 (‘Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships’), esp. Sections 10.2 (specifically the subsections on ‘Wedding and Pre-Wedding Rituals’, ‘Engagement’, ‘Bridal Showers and Other Pre-Wedding Festivities’,  ‘Prenuptial Agreements’, ‘The Wedding’); 10.3 (‘Contemporary Marriages’), 10.7 (‘Communication: A Key to Successful Relationships’); 10.8 (‘What Couples Fight About and How They Deal with Conflict’); and 10.9 (‘Effective Communication Strategies’)

In Class

  • Communication
  • What Couples Fight About
  • Effective Communication Strategies

In other words, we’ll focus on communication, which means we may only make glancing reference to the material on proposals, engagements, pre-nups, same-sex marriages, etc. But feel free to bring up or ask questions about any of this material.

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), from Ch. 15 (‘Separation, Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamilies’), esp. Sections 15.2 (‘Divorce: Process and Rates’); 15.5 (‘How Divorce Affects Children’), and 15.6 (‘Remarriage, Rates, Process, and Characteristics’)

For Monday, 5/7 (SOC 1103 MW)

May 3, 2018

We didn’t get too far in our discussion of parenting (we’d just barely touched on the question of whether or not corporal punishment works), and we still have to revisit the material on communication in intimate relationships, so we’ll go over that Monday rather than taking on something new. If you feel confident about your mastery of this material, however, feel free to read ahead (see ‘For Next Time’ below).

Prep

  • Review Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 12 (‘Raising Children: Promises and Pitfalls’), esp. Sections 12.3 (‘Parenting Styles and Discipline’); 12.4 (‘Parenting Variations by Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class’); and 12.5 (‘Parenting in Lesbian and Gay Families’)

In Class

  • Parenting Styles
  • Communication in Intimate Relationships

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), from Ch. 15 (‘Separation, Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamilies’), esp. Sections 15.2 (‘Divorce: Process and Rates’); 15.5 (‘How Divorce Affects Children’), and 15.6 (‘Remarriage, Rates, Process, and Characteristics’)

 

For Wednesday, 5/2 (SOC 1103 MW)

May 1, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 12 (‘Raising Children: Promises and Pitfalls’). Focus on Sections 12.3 (‘Parenting Styles and Discipline’); 12.4 (‘Parenting Variations by Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class’); and 12.5 (‘Parenting in Lesbian and Gay Families’).

In Class

  • Parenting Styles
  • Communication in Intimate Relationships

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), from Ch. 15 (‘Separation, Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamilies’), esp. Sections 15.2 (‘Divorce: Process and Rates’); 15.5 (‘How Divorce Affects Children’), and 15.6 (‘Remarriage, Rates, Process, and Characteristics’)

For Saturday, 5/5 (SOC 1103 CN)

April 29, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Missing Midterms: Roll Call
  • Q&A: Pride & Prejudice

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 11 (‘To Be or Not to Be a Parent’). Focus on Sections 11.2 (‘Birthrates in the United States and Globally’) 11.4 (‘Postponing Parenthood’); and 11.7 (‘Abortion’).

For Monday, 4/30 (SOC 1103 MW)

April 29, 2018

Prep

  • Review Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 10 (‘Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships’)

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 11 (‘To Be or Not to Be a Parent’). Focus on Sections 11.4 (‘Postponing Parenthood’); 11.6 (‘Adoption’); and 11.7 (‘Abortion’).

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 12 (‘Raising Children: Promises and Pitfalls’). Focus on Sections 12.3 (‘Parenting Styles and Discipline’); 12.4 (‘Parenting Variations by Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class’); and 12.5 (‘Parenting in Lesbian and Gay Families’).

For Friday, 5/4 (SOC 303)

April 27, 2018

Prep

  • HW Due: Incorporating Literature
  • Patten (2014), Topics 19 (‘Organizing Literature by Topics’), 20 (‘Evaluating Research Literature’), 21 (‘Considering the History of a Topic’), 22 (‘A Separate Introduction’), and 23 (‘An Integrated Introduction and Literature Review’)
  • Saldaña (2011), Ch. 3 (‘Qualitative Research Design’)

In Class

  • Review of Sampling Design HW
  • Review of Method of Data Collection HW
  • LAB: Qualitative Interviews
  • Research Questions: Reviews & Revisions

For Next Time

  • RESEARCH PROPOSAL ROUGH DRAFT DUE 5/11

For Saturday, 4/28 (SOC 1103 CN)

April 24, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 8 (‘Dating and Mate Selection’)
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813), Vol. I
  • HW: Pride & Prejudice Reading Exercise

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813), Vol. I
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813), Vol. III

For Friday, 4/27 (SOC 303)

April 24, 2018

Apologies for the delay: I’ve been dealing with a very ill-timed hard drive failure since the weekend. I’m still trying to add some items to our agenda but Blackboard and iOS (I’m reduced to using my ipad at the moment) don’t play well together, so that’s a bit of a spanner in the works right now.

Prep

  • HW due: Choosing a Data Collection Method
  • Saldaña (2011), Ch. 2 (‘A Survey of Qualitative Data Collection Methods’)

In Class

  • LAB: Up Movies

For Next Time

  • TBA

For Wednesday, 4/25 (SOC 1103 MW)

April 24, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), from Ch. 10 (‘Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships’). Focus esp. on the sections on proposals, infidelity, and effective communication.
  • You Make the Call: What advice would you give to ‘Spent’? Please read the following letter (skip the experts’ advice) and come prepared to discuss.

In Class

  • On Bended Knee
  • Secret Credit Cards and Other Forms of Financial Infidelity
  • The Shamu Theory of Marital Harmony

For Next Time

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 11 (‘To Be or Not to Be a Parent’)