PSCI 380
Sex Marriage Family Spring 2025
Division II
Cross-listed SOC 390

Class Details

Something has happened to America over the past fifteen years. Large minorities of young adults, especially young men, are now celibate. Cohabitation has skyrocketed but marriage is disappearing, and the country’s birth rate is at an all-time low. Not surprisingly, loneliness has become epidemic. A similar story can be told for most other developed countries. The implications for political polarization, economic growth, social insurance programs, public health, military defence, even national survival are grim. What is the cause of this loss of faith in the future? Can public policy reverse these trends? This course is an investigation into relations between the sexes in the developed world, the fate of children and the family, and government attempts to shape them. The course investigates family models in historical and comparative context; the family and the welfare state; the economics of sex, gender, marriage, and class inequality; the dramatic value and behavioral changes of Gen Z around sex, cohabitation, and parenthood; and state policies to encourage partnership/marriage and childbearing.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 16
Class#: 3697
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Two short papers, research paper proposal, every-class discussion questions, class participation.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Economy, Political Science, and Sociology majors and prospective majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 380 Division II SOC 390 Division II
Attributes: POEC Depth
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