Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS71301 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Family Diversity II (家族の多様性 II)
Subject Name
カゾクノタヨウセイ II
Subject Name in
Family Diversity II
ワタナベ メグミ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Weds3-4:IAS K210
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, discussion, group activity, presentation 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 05 : Sociology
Eligible Students
Keywords Family sociology, diversity, SDG_03, SDG_05, SDG_17 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to specify necessary theories and methods for the consideration of important issues.
・The ability to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, deliver presentations at seminars or research meetings, and explain it in an easy way so that people in different cultures and areas of specialization understand.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to think in an interdisciplinary way to discover issues based on ethical research practices and subjective intellectual interests, and propose a plan to solve them.
・The ability to take action cooperatively to advance research to resolve the problem by sharing issues with people from different cultures and areas of specialization, and explaining one’s own ideas logically and simply. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course will provide an overview of the family from a sociological perspective (e.g., the functions of the family, changing family and marriage forms, theoretical and research frameworks in studying the family). It will emphasize how diversity – including race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social class – influences the structure and functions of the family. The overall aim of this course is to help students develop knowledge and skills to challenge the normative understanding of the family. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1 (Dec. 6) Are families changing?
Lesson 2 (Dec. 13) Family research methods
Lesson 3 (Dec. 20) Gender, sexuality, and socialization
Lesson 4 (Jan. 10) Families and social class
Lesson 5 (Jan. 17) Guest lecture: Higashihiroshima City’s Initiatives Toward Community Coexistence (tentative title)
Lesson 6 (Jan. 24) Group work
Lesson 7 (Jan. 31) Group work
Lesson 8 (Feb. 7) Group presentations 
Cohen, Philip N. 2020. The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change (3rd Edition). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Supplemental materials and reading assignments for each lesson will be provided via Bb9. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) PC-necessary 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Lesson 1-4, 6: Come to class prepared to exchange ideas and criticism of the assigned readings.
Lesson 7/8: Prepare a group presentation. 
Requirements Students must take Family Diversity I and Family Diversity II together.
The maximum enrollment for this course is forty. If the number of students who have registered for the course exceeds the enrollment limit, a lottery will be held at the first class meeting. 
Grading Method Exams, quizzes, assignments, discussions/activities, presentation 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Bring a laptop computer to class 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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