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Psychology


Dr. Jennifer Holt
Adjunct Phychology Instructor

dr jennifer holt

Ph.D., MA, M.Div., LPCC #213
With Cabrillo College since 2016

FALL 2018 SYLLABUS: PSYCH 39BC #106041: RELATIONSHIPS: MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SYLLABUS WILL BE UPDATED VIA THE CANVAS COURSE MODULES. PLEASE USE EACH WEEK'S CANVAS MODULE TO DETERMINE YOUR HOMEWORK, WHICH WILL INCLUDE CHAPTER QUESTIONS IN ADDITION TO OTHER ASSIGNMENTS.


Wednesdays 6:00-9:05 pm, Room 426, 3 units                  
Teacher: Dr. Jennifer Holt [best reached by email: jeholt@cabrillo.edu] 
My Office Hours/Location: Room 426 (classroom), 5-6 pm, Wednesdays
HASS Division Office: Room 420; 831-479-6297
  
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 
1. Assess effects of social/psychological/cultural/economic/historical variables on relationships.
2. Analyze the interaction of individual psychology and communication in relationships. 

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE 
From the moment you meet anyone, you begin a relationship. Your ability to interact with others with integrity can make a vast difference in the world of work, day-to-day encounters, and your more intimate relationships with family, friends and romantic partners. For many of us, however, the tools for creating truly healthy relationships were never acquired. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn and try out new ideas and behaviors.
This course covers many of the areas involved in ongoing relationships. The course is designed to teach insights from social, clinical and academic psychology by readings in such areas as sexual attitudes and behavior, dating, the psychological dynamics of the family as a unit, parent-child interactions, developmental effects on the psychology of the family, mate selection, single parenthood, the institution of marriage, and alternatives to monogamous heterosexual partnering such as gay marriage and polyamory relationships. The material you will be studying embraces cultural, sexual and marital diversity of relationships. This means that your values and assumptions may be challenged. I invite you to explore which of your relationship values work for you, and how you might improve or transform them. Disclaimer: As the teacher, I do not endorse or oppose any of the views expressed in the readings. The readings are meant to deepen your understanding of relationship and broaden your mind.

REQUIRED TEXT 
Diversity in Families (UPDATED 10thEdition), by Maxine Baca Zinn, D. Stanley Eitzen and Barbara Wells (2014). This is a required text for the course. You must obtain your own copy, read it, and bring the book to class each week with your text assignments completed. It is necessary to buy the correct edition of the text; older editions are NOT compatible with this course. Please do not buy the original 10th Edition, that does not say "updated," because much of the material has changed and the page numbers are wrong. Please buy only the UPDATED Tenth edition! Beware buying online from a private seller. Make sure that you are purchasing the latest UPDATED Tenth edition of the text, or you will end up having to buy a second correct version. (You will need a three ring binder to place the book in--the publisher lowered the price considerably by taking it out of the hard cover.)

POLICIES RE CLASS ABSENCES/SOCIAL MEDIA USE
Class Absences: In the world of work, as most of you know, missing even one day of work, much less a week, can put your job in jeopardy. School is no different. This is a three unit course that meets once a week for three hours (rather than twice or three times a week). That means when you miss “one class,” you are actually missing an entire week of the course. Therefore, there are no unexcused absences and only one excused absence. If you find you have an emergency and cannot attend, please notify me via email in advance (jeholt@cabrillo.edu), just as you would for a job. That will be considered an excused absence, but the homework that is due that week must still be provided to me the following week. Also, participation points cannot be made up for a class that is missed, but you may do extra credit. A second absence requires documentation for the emergency. No exceptions. Third absence will result in failing the course. 

Social Media: While cell phones have become our constant companions, you cannot text or use your phone in this class. Please plan on turning off your phones and ipads during class time. There will not be texting, emailing or any social media of any kind permitted from these or any other devices. Such use could result in failing the course. 

ASSIGNMENTS AND PERCENTAGE OF COURSE GRADE
1. Attendance/Homework: 6.5% [no points for days of quiz]. You must show up for class on time, having read the material and done the homework. I personally check homework weekly and call on ALL students on a regular basis. If you have not read the material and completed the questions or other exercises for class, you will not be able to participate fully, and it brings the entire class down. It becomes clear who has read the material and who has not. Your grade will be based in part on whether or not you can answer questions and fully participate. This and the in-class participation requirements (below) are an easy 13% to earn of your total grade (that’s more than one entire grade point!), if you just show up, having read your assignments and participate. Tardy students or students who leave early will lose credit. Students who miss an entire class can submit homework late for partial credit but attendance points will be lost. As already stated above, there is only one excused absence allowed per class. A second absence will only be in the case of an emergency and will require documentation and no make-up partial credit will be given. If you miss more than two total classes, you cannot pass the course.
2. In-Class Participation: 6.5% [no points for days of quiz]. As most educators have realized, students learn better by doing, rather than being ‘lectured at.’ Therefore, part of your grade will depend upon getting involved in both planned and spontaneous class exercises. These will include skits, presentations, role plays, debates, and more. It is important that you challenge yourself to participate actively. This is absolutely vital in order to pass this course, because to be successful in life and work, we have to learn to overcome our fears and just ‘do it.’ Many of my students from past classes have said they were worried about this part of the class, but ended up really enjoying participating, because it gave them the chance to relax and laugh, get to know their classmates and learn in a more enjoyable way. If you have concerns about this, please see me and we can discuss it. You must be present in class to earn this part of your points—no make up.
3. Quizzes (2): 40% (20% each). There will be two quizzes, clearly marked on the syllabus and in Canvas. Each quiz will have 40 multiple choice questions and you will be given one hour to take each one. Quizzes are very difficult to “make up,” as Cabrillo does not have a proctor (test supervisor) system and I am only on campus Wednesday nights 5-9 pm, so please plan to show up for quizzes on the actual night of the quiz. If you need special accommodations, please register with the Accessibility Support Center at least a week ahead of time (see section below, “Special Quiz Accommodations”). There will not be a study review handed out for the quizzes. However, I have taken the time to create specific questions for all the chapters and videos, and all quiz questions will derive from these and in-class exercises. It is your responsibility to study these. If you miss a class, the videos and participation cannot be made up (I cannot send you the videos), so please ask a classmate to share their materials.
4. Family History Paper: 30%. Information about this will be provided on Canvas and discussed in the second class meeting. Important note: This paper will, in part, be graded on your grammar and spelling. Many students are afraid of papers, because writing is no longer emphasized in most high schools. If you are one of those who have problems with this area, please plan on using campus resources (English Learning Center: 831-479-6319) so that you can receive the best possible grade. I am also happy to read a draft (at least two weeks ahead of time) and will provide copy editing and feedback.
5. Online Final: 17%. In lieu of an in-class exam, students will submit an online final about what they learned and their opinions, which will be graded based on your ability to share your personal opinions about the class in an articulate and grammatically correct manner, following directions properly. This will take place on Canvas, and will be due by 9 pm Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. More will be discussed about this at the end of the course.
Extra Credit: There will be opportunities for writing up extra credit, for example, attending a Cabrillo event and handing in a review, as it pertains to relationships. There are also opportunities to watch videos on relationships and write up reviews. All extra credit must be received by Wednesday, November 21, 2018. There is a module on Canvas with more information, entitled "Extra Credit."

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
Didactic (lecture): 20%
Discussion: 45%
Experiential: 35%
As you can see from the above, much of my teaching style involves your interactions with me and amongst yourselves. I will expect you to come to each class having read the material, fully prepared to discuss it with the class. Part of your grade will be based on your class involvement, as the Assignments and Percentage of Course Grade Section above make clear. So please do not take this course if you do not have time to do the weekly readings and preparation, in addition to the other assignments such as the Family History Paper, which will be time-intensive. I know many of you have jobs and families, but you will not pass this course unless you make it a priority in your time allotment each week. 

GRADING SCALE
Depending on the class averages, letter grades usually are translated from total points as follows:
100 Maximum 
A = 90-100 
B = 80-89 
C = 70-79 
D = 60-69
F = 59 and below 
Pass = 70 points total or more (that is, you must have a grade of at least a C to pass). I want and will support all of you to get the best possible grade! For me, if you work hard (and I can tell who is trying and who isn’t), I will do everything I can to help you achieve an A or B. (If you receive a low grade on the first quiz, please consider doing some extra credit, for example, to bring up your point totals. By Quiz II, it will be too late.) Therefore, I do not recommend the pass-fail option, but if you choose to go that route, you must do so by 3/2/18.

DROPPING COURSE
All the elements of this course are required to pass the class—participation, quizzes, paper, attendance, and final. If you do not fulfill them, you cannot receive a passing grade. If you choose to discontinue at any time, you are responsible for dropping this course; I do not drop the course for you. You should also understand the ramifications of dropping and how it will affect your financial aid before you do so. 

SPECIAL QUIZ ACCOMMODATIONS
I provide 75 minutes for quizzes on quiz weeks. The quizzes generally take students from 30 to 45 minutes to complete in the classroom. Therefore, most students should be able to take the quizzes in class. Students needing special accommodation for quizzes should inform me. Veterans and other students with special needs may have situations that entitle them to accommodations during quizzes to ensure equal access. To determine if you qualify or to obtain assistance, contact the Accessibility Support Center, Room 1073, 831-479-6379. Please note that you MUST register for the services well in advance of EACH quiz, so they know to provide an evening proctor. Anyone who has not done so should expect to take the quizzes in the classroom. There are no exceptions. 

STUDY TIME REQUIREMENTS
Please complete your readings and online Canvas assignments well ahead of class time, so that you can bring your insights and questions to class discussions about each of the topics corresponding to the schedule below. Activities and readings are due BEFORE class meets on each date indicated; DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. Remember, for each hour spent in class per week, students should plan to spend two to three hours outside of class devoted to study. Since this is a three hour course, that means six to nine hours of reading/homework each week.

WEEKLY COURSE SCHEDULE 
The schedule below is a work-in-progress, and changes will definitely occur, but it is a good thing to keep for basic course dates. After the first two weeks, all homework assignments will only be accessible on Canvas Modules (please ignore the Assignments tab--go to the Modules tab instead), Cabrillo's online class support. The Canvas modules will be used in conjunction with every class, to let students know what the assignments are for the coming week. This may also include additional readings and hand-outs, which you must be able to access and complete. If your computer cannot “see” PDF files, make sure you take the time AHEAD OF CLASS to access them through a computer that will allow you to download and use them (there are many available on campus). Please plan to check Canvas at least twice a week for assignments and check your email daily (the email address and phone number you provided to Cabrillo must be current on Webadvisor). If you are concerned about your computer skills, please make an appointment with the Teaching and Learning Center (831-479-5030) immediately to remedy this. You will not be able to pass the class without spending time on the computer every week. In addition, the final is an online assignment. 

WEEK #1       AUGUST 29, 2018.
Class introduction. For an introduction, given that this is a class about relationships, I will be asking each student to come to the front of the room and introduce themselves, sharing with the class one personal strength regarding relationships, and one weakness.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Go over syllabus.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 1: Images, Ideals, and Myths (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and complete the chapter questions below. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. [The homework assignment is also available on Canvas.]
Questions: Answer the following questions by writing down or typing out the answers and bring to class with you for credit [the homework assignment is also available on Canvas]:
Chapter 1 Q’s:
1. What was the common set of beliefs most Americans shared about family life until 1960?
2. Contrast and compare family as haven, family as fulfillment and family as encumbrance in your own words.
3. What does SNAF stand for?
4. Discuss the quote: “The result is that the family is an ‘impossibly overloaded, guilt creating institution.’”
5. Choose one of the myths described in Section 1.3 and discuss why it is problematic.
6. Name one example of a family (from the news, movies, tv, etc.) either from the past or currently that is an example of a 'gendered institution with a patriarchal head'. Now give an example of a famous family or a tv family that does NOT fit SNAF.
7. How are family connections being affected by the digital age?
8. What did the Personal Responsibility and Welfare Reform Act declare? What do you think of that?
9. What is meant by the 'Paradigm Shift in Family Studies'? 

WEEK #2       SEPTEMBER 5, 2018.
Note: Last day to drop without financial penalty is 9/9/18. 
Discussion of Chapter 1 in small group and with entire class. 
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Discussion of Family History Paper.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 2: Preindustrial Families and the Emergence of a Modern Family Form (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and complete all chapter questions. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. [The homework assignment is also available on Canvas Modules. Please ignore the Assignments tab and go to Modules--this is where all your homework will be located, under the pertinent week.]
Questions: Answer the following questions by writing down or typing out the answers and bring to class with you for credit. [FROM NOW ON, ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON CANVAS MODULES FOR THIS COURSE (NOT UNDER ASSIGNMENTS).]:
Chapter 2 Q’s:
1. How do the two most common methods for researching families differ?
2. What principal groups in the U.S. during the colonial period were not included in the U.S. Census? What does this have to do with the “Modern American Family” myth?
3. Using your own brain, consider what group(s) is/are still not included in the U.S. Census? How might this affect Census results?
4. Define the following terms: godly family; family-based economy.
5. Did neighbors trust one another and get along well? (Hint: See insert on p. 24.)
6. Was women’s place in the home in Colonial America? Why and/or why not?
7. What were the three R's regarding raising children? Did your parents follow them?
8. Why do some historians contend that children were actually miniature adults? How did this change over time? 

WEEK #3       SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
Discussion of chapter 2 in small group and with entire class. Next week: TWO chapters are due.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Discussion of origins of Valentine's Day, and its pros and cons.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 3: The Historical Making of Family Diversity and Chapter 4, Families and the New Economic Realties (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and complete all chapter questions. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access the Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework. Please plan on using the Canvas Modules to access all homework assignments from now on.

WEEK #4       SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
Discussion of chapters 3 & 4 in small group and with entire class. Next week: TWO chapters are due.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. TBA.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 5: Families and Demographic Trends: The New Immigration and the Aging of Society and Chapter 6, Class, Race and Gender (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas Module. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework.

WEEK #5       SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
Discussion of chapters 5 & 6 in small group and with entire class.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Discuss creation of Family History Paper Outline, to be turned in next week.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 7, Meshing the Worlds of Work and Family (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework. Also please bring an outline of your Family History Paper to class to share with a fellow student and to turn in to Dr. Holt.

WEEK #6       OCTOBER 3, 2018  
Note: Last day for registering for Pass/No Pass option: 10/6/18.
Discussion of chapter 7 in small group and with entire class.
DUE: FAMILY HISTORY PAPER OUTLINE.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Dyads will discuss Family History Paper Outline and meet with Dr. Holt, before turning them in at break.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 8: The Social Construction of Intimacy (Diversity in Families, 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework.

WEEK #7       OCTOBER 10, 2018 
Discussion of Chapter 8 in small group and with entire class.
Experiential Exercise/Videos.
Assignments Due Next Week: Study for Quiz I on Chapters 1-8, Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al., and all course hand-outs/in-class exercises through Week #7.

WEEK #8       OCTOBER 17, 2018
Discuss any remaining quiz questions.
QUIZ I [Chapters 1-8, Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al., and all course hand-outs/in-class exercises through Week #7]
Assignments: Read: Chapter 9: Contemporary Marriage (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework. Complete hand-out: A Relationship Miscommunication, and hand in next week.

WEEK #9       OCTOBER 24, 2018 
Discussion of Chapter 9 in small group and with entire class.
DUE: A RELATIONSHIP MISCOMMUNICATION.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Discuss and create skits on A Relationship Miscommunication exercise.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 10: Parents and Children(Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework. FAMILY HISTORY PAPER DUE NEXT WEEK!
WEEK #10     OCTOBER 31, 2018  

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Discussion of Chapter 10 in small group and with entire class.
DUE: FAMILY HISTORY PAPER AS CLASS BEGINS.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. Halloween Debate.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 11: Violence in Families (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework.

WEEK #11     NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Discussion of Chapter 11 in small group and with entire class.
Experiential Exercise/Videos.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 12: Divorce (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework.

WEEK #12     NOVEMBER 14, 2018
Discussion of Chapter 12 in small group and with entire class.
Experiential Exercise/Videos.
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Chapter 13: Emergent Families in the Global Era and Chapter 14, Family Policy for the 21st Century (Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al.) and answer questions online at Canvas. Be prepared to discuss the chapter material and engage in class participatory exercises. Please access Canvas Module for chapter questions and any additional homework.  

WEEK #13     NOVEMBER 21, 2018  
YES, WE STILL HAVE CLASS TONIGHT! CABRILLO DOES NOT START THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY UNTIL TOMORROW; ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.
Discussion of Chapters 13 and 14 in small group and with entire class.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. TBA
Assignments Due Next Week: Read: Polyamory and Kink Relationships Hand-outs and complete the discussion questions. Please access Canvas Module for all homework.
Note: All extra credit must be received by next week's class.

WEEK #14     NOVEMBER 28, 2018  
DUE: Extra Credit. All extra credit must be received by tonight’s class.
Discuss: Polyamory and Kink Relationships Hand-outs and discussion questions.
Experiential Exercise/Videos. TBA
Quiz II Review
Assignments Due Next Week: Study for Quiz II on Chapters 9-14, Diversity in Families, Updated 10th Edition, Zinn et al., Polyamory/Kink Hand-outs and all discussion questions and in-class materials, Weeks #8-14.

WEEK #15     DECEMBER 5, 2018  
Discuss Online Final. Answer any last minute questions re Quiz II.
QUIZ II.
Assignments Due Next Week: You have one week from tonight to complete your Online Final, “What I Learned in Relationships Psych 39BC.”

FINALS WEEK        DECEMBER 12, 2018  
FINAL DUE. Online Final: “What I Learned” must be submitted online tonight by 9 pm.
 

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