Sociology of the FamilySemester Course

Sociology of the Family, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Child Development, Gender Studies, Sociology
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course involves a sociological analysis of family structure, dynamics, and child-rearing patterns in diverse cultures. The principal objective of the course is to demythologize the family by exploring ways ‘the family’ is experienced by people in different cultures, social classes, historical periods, and gender. To increase our understanding of contemporary family issues, we look at various family types, work-family balance, parenting, marriage, divorce, and adoption through the lens of sociological theory.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Gender Studies


Deivida Vandzinskaite

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD in Education (Siauliai University, Lithuania, 2011) with the focus on the cross-cultural use of Service Learning in higher education, MA in Social Anthropology and Sociology (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania, 2006). Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Siauliai University, 2007-2013. Visiting scholar at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, 2008-2012. Research experience on the national and international level covers topics related to cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues, gender and family studies, global diffusion of educational models, voluntary participation in Europe. With DIS since 2013.

Stine Laursen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. Scient. Soc. (University of Copenhagen, 2010). BSc and MSc Political Sociology (London School of Economics, 2006). Lecturer at Copenhagen University and specializing in irregular migration in Scandinavia. Research experience in the area of migration and immigration, including projects in East and Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. With DIS since 2013.