What do we mean when we say family? How and why are families changing, and what do these changes mean for individuals and society more broadly? Students will engage sociological perspectives on how to address inequalities within families, such as intimate partner violence, and inequalities between different types of families, such as between single mother families and their heterosexual married counterparts. Students will come to understand how families are embedded within and constitutive of other social institutions and structures of inequality. Students will develop their sociological imaginations and critically evaluate scientific and popular claims about the family and families in the past, present, and future.