This course is on marriage, family, and the life cycle. It exposes students to the concepts, theories, and methods involved in studying patterns of marriage, the family, and the life cycle. It provides an opportunity for students to critically examine issues associated with marriage, family, and the life course so that they can derive a clearer understanding of marriage and the family as critical institutions in society. The course helps students to apply theoretical perspectives to go beyond personal experiences and view the family from diverse social contexts.

It brings students face-to-face with issues in the real world by raising some interesting and sensitive questions for discussion. Some people may have personal experience with some of the issues, but students are advised to approach this course with an open mind so that they can engage in critical and objective thinking.