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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE: This course presents an online overview of the changing social definition of fatherhood and its potential effects on the development of children from birth through adolescence. The development of the traditional father role is examined in view of an array of recent alternatives, including single father parenting, involved fathering, and parenting the special child.  Use this page as your guide through the course - refer to it often.

Learning Management System (Springboard):
  This class is offered through Springboard, and should be listed on computer screens after  students login to Springboard at Simply login by typing your UAnet ID and your regular password., click on the Fatherhood Course listed for Summer 2008 and follow the link to the course outline. This page will come up. 

Textbook (Recommended but not required):  Parke, Ross D., Fatherhood. (1996). Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press. 
Additional References for the course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the semester, students earning an "A" in the course will have a thorough analytical and theoretical view into the father role in American society from 1900 to the present, with projections for the future, including:

  • The historical evolution of the father figure's role in the family system.
  • The influence of father's interaction with his children and other family members.
  • Theoretical orientations and findings of research explaining the importance of  fathering styles.
  • The sociocultural changes that may continue to alter our conception of the father role.
COMMUNICATING WITH THE INSTRUCTOR: We will be communicating via email, face-to-face by appointment, and at a last resort - by telephone.  Email is the most efficient means and each student should be proficient in its use.  I will also be in the office during regularly scheduled class times to field questions and provide additional instruction in person.  Telephone messages are going to be much more difficult to deal with.

We have a computer lab reserved for our students only (213 SHS) which is open during regular office hours Monday through Friday. In the event that your home computer becomes inoperable, these other electronic avenues are always open to you.  Thus, a malfunctioning computer is not a legitimate excuse for late work.

Five (5) major exams
(100 points each) will be undertaken by students during the semester, each covering a discrete portion of the readings and lecture notes.   Students must place their completed exams in the approproate dropbox by Monday after each is introduced.  I will acknowledge receipt of your exams through the Springboard learning management system.  This means that you will use "dropboxes" rather than attaching your work to emails.  To be fair to all students, failure to turn in assignments has consequences.  All electronic submissions will have a date of receipt on them  Exams are listed as links on the course outline below, which refer students to the dropbox.

Weekly quizes: (two questions each and each question is worth 10 points each). Each week there will be two questions in a quiz, in addition to the 5 examinations.  These are listed as links on the course outline which refer students to the Dropbox.

This brings the total possible points earned to 600. - five major exams at 100 points each, 10 quizes at 10 points each. The University's standard grading scale will be use.  Mark your calendars with the important dates listed in the Course Outline below.  All assignments are due in the week they appear below.

Remember to pace your progress over the semeste

Date         Assignment                                                                                                                                      
Week 1 - Jan. 09-13 

Week 2 - Jan 16 - 20
Week 3 - Jan 23 -27 Week 4 - Jan 30 - Feb 3         Week 5 - Feb 6 - 10
Week 6 - Feb 13-17
Week 7 - Feb 20-24
Week 8 Feb 28 - Mar 2      Week 9 Mar 5-9
Spring Break March 12-18
Week 10 - Mar 19-23

Week 11 Mar 26-30 Week 12 - Apr 2-6
Week 13 - Apr 9-13                   Week 14 Apr16-20
Week 15 Apr 23-27
  • Prepare your final examination
Finals Week Apr 30-May 4th
Monday May 7th
  • Grade Submissions are due today!
Course Evaluations: Please take time to fill out the online evaluation  for this course at