Welcome to Sociology of the Family, a course at Siena College in Albany, NY with Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson. This course will bring a critical analysis to contemporary social issues within the family institution. The shifting demographics of family life continues to evolve in new and interesting directions, yet media representations and “family values” political ideologies attempt to flatten the family into a non-representative stereotype. This course will examine the ways in which media representations and demographic realities interact with one another. This course also utilizes web 2.0 technologies in order to make the educational experience public, dynamic, and interactive. You don’t have to be enrolled in the course to follow along and contribute to the conversation about contemporary family issues.