2017-2018 / SOCI1088-3

Family sociology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Codiplomation)3 crédits 
 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in sociology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (60 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Specialised master in gender studies5 crédits 
 Master in psychology : general (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 University certificate in clinical psychology with a focus on psychopathology3 crédits 


Claire Gavray

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

theoretical approach : historical approach of families and of family sociology (presentation of theories and authors) -discussion of recent research results concerning demography, families and their evolution, family policies, links private life/professional life, intrafamily violences, gender hierarchies...

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

to give students the necessary tools for a critical approach and analyse of contemporary evolution linked with 'family' and families realities ; links between family and other social spheres; evolution of power and resources between social and gender groups

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

nothing else than a high interest for the topic . Pupils are asked to attend a maximum of courses.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

reading of papers and meetings with field specialists. Presentation of field surveys and recent data.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Sociologists and researchers are invited ; videos and movies are used ... Students will join a conference or activity on the theme. If problem of participation, contact before mid-october
! Theoritical course from october > december.

Recommended or required readings

notes, pp  and articles regularly available on line

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

the course takes place during the first semester and the exam in january.


Claire Gavray , B33

Items online

paper about violence in couple
paper to read and to discuss together

sociology of family

2 x .ppt

P Steffens
family and school

to be father
.ppt of Patrick Govers

le Goff new families

first presentation
history of family (part 1)