This course is a sociological study of marriage and family and related interpersonal relationships. The social institutions of marriage and family are examined in historical and contemporary perspectives and in relation to social change. The course examines the main structures and functions of marriage and family; investigates marriage and family forms in various cultural and social settings; and addresses various social issues and problems involving marriage and family. There is an emphasis on sociological theories and current research on family interaction, kinship systems, courtship, components of mate selection, intimate relationships, gender role expectations, and child-rearing practices. Knowledge of marriage and family practices and processes and an understanding of how interpersonal relationships influence the functioning of families, households, workplaces, schools, and other institutions are important skills for achieving success in life on both a personal and professional level.