Family: Institution, Relationship and Myth A

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 16797

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites Co-requisite - Family: Institution, Relationship and Myth B - 16798

Module description

This module provides an overview of the theoretical trends in studying the family. Through group and individual work, it encourages critical enquiry into the study of the meaning, role and position of the family in contemporary western society. A range of different theoretical perspectives including feminist theory, queer theory, reflexive modernisation, and postmodernism are applied to areas such as lone motherhood, the family and the state, multiculturalism, same sex relationships and new reproductive technologies. The module is taught through lectures and student led workshops.

Teaching and learning methods

1hr lecture, 1hr workshop