Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sociology of Family

Sociology of Family (SOC315)

Applications Open: 01 May 2023

Applications Close: 15 June 2023

Next Available Intake: July 2023

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


SOC315 Sociology of Family aims to provide a comprehensive survey of population and family changes and patterns with an area focus on Singapore, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. We will learn about major theoretical perspectives and debates about changing family forms and family variation. We will examine the interactions between the family and other societal institutions and forces. Specific topics include an overview of population transitions and family changes; theories aiming to explain these changes; rising singlehood and sustaining low fertility rates in Singapore and East Asian societies; ageing; intergenerational relations, kinship patterns, and adoptive families; divorced and never-married parents; inter-ethnic families; transnational families; same-sex families; and the state and family policy.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Population and families: changes and continuities
  • Theories of population transition and family change
  • Marriage as an institution and rising singlehood
  • Mate selection and assortative mating
  • Ultra-low fertility in East Asian societies
  • Adoption, reproductive technology and the family
  • Intergenerational relations in the family
  • Divorce and remarriage
  • Inter-ethnic families and transnational families
  • Same-sex families
  • The state and family policy (1)
  • The state and family policy (2)

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the concepts and theories of population transition and family change
  • Analyse the trends and patterns of population and family changes in Asia
  • Examine the association between individuals’ family lives and social structures
  • Apply course material to personal experiences and family changes and variation in societies
  • Appraise the theories that explain family changes and variation
  • Demonstrate skills of sociological thinking in written or oral forms
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