Welcome to our new semester in Sociology of the Family.

On the first day of class, we will review the syllabus and discuss the assignments, topics, and expectations for our semester.

Before class, you should watch the video of Stephanie Coontz speech, “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.” We will briefly discuss this video, so please come prepared to comment.

We will also do an icebreaker activity, which is on our Blackboard. You will get into pairs and introduce each other by mentioning the other person’s name, year, major, and the way in which their family is both unusual in one way and common in one way. Please complete this activity on the Blackboard as well, so that we can learn each others’ names.

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