Welcome to the first week of Sociology of the Family 130. Please familiarize yourself with the syllabus listed above (make sure to select your appropriate class). We will be viewing several documentaries in class and at home. You can view additional documentaries about media representations at the Media Education Foundation.  We will be watching Cover Girl Culture, Tough Guise, and Consuming Kids. We will read the article by Linn: 2: A Consumer in the Family, p. 31-41 (Blackboard).

We will then switch to a more historical representation of the American family. We will watch at home the lecture by Stephanie Coontz. We will read Riseman: “The Evolution of American Families” (on Blackboard) and Riseman: “American Childhood as a Social Cultural Construct” (on Blackboard).

For blog posting number #1, please post a response to the prompt for whichever group you belong (see Blackboard for groups). Be ready to share your response with the class on the due date. Be sure to include links to relevant information and to read the syllabus guidelines for blog posting grading criteria.

Group 1: please select any additional movie from the Media Education Foundation and write a detailed critique of the documentary. Relate this to one other movie or article assigned for this week. Be prepared to share clips of the movies you watch and write discussion questions for the class.
Group 2: Your group members will write a critique of the documentary Consuming Kids, along with the article by Linn “A Consumer in the Family” (see Blackboard). Compare this documentary against the article “American Childhood as a Social Cultural Construct.” In class, your group will discuss the Consuming Kids movie with your classmates, be sure to show clips from the movie and come up with discussion questions for the class.
Group 3: Your group will write a critique of the documentary Cover Girl Culture and include links to resource websites and YouTube videos. Compare this movie to the article “The Evolution of the American Family,” for a discussion on evolving understandings of gender roles. In class, please be prepared to come up with discussion questions for the class about the documentary.
Group 4: Your group will write a critique of the documentary Tough Guise. Compare this documentary to the article “The Evolution of the American Family,” for a discussion on evolving understandings of gender roles. Be ready to present the class with discussion questions and clips about the movie.
Group 5: Your group will write a critique of the video lecture and article by Stephanie Coontz, “The Evolution of the American Family” (on Blackboard). Be prepared to present the class with discussion questions about the article and video, and be sure to show clips from the video.
Group 6: Your group will compare and contrast the article “American Childhood as a Social Cultural Construct” against the documentary Consuming Kids. For class, be ready to present and discuss the article with the class.
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