HC 444H/431H: Inside Out Prison Exchange: The American Family in the 21st Century: Ecological Influences on Human Development

Winter Term, 2016-2017

Professor: Kevin Alltucker

4 credits

  • CRN 27174: Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:50 @ OSCI Salem
  • First Day of Class will be Tuesday, January 10th, 18:00 – 20:50 @ STB 252

**An Information Session will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, at 6 p.m., in 905 PLC **

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an AC (American Cultures) Multicultural class. If you have already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an AC Multicultural class.

This course is part of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, and open only to CHC students. An application, interview and instructor approval are required to register for this course. The Application is available on Clark Honors College Canvas, under "Modules/Resources & Opportunities.”  Application due to kalltuck@uoregon.edu by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016. Interviews will be held November 7-8, and students will be notified of their standing by end of Week 8.

This class will be held on Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50 p.m., inside the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem; transportation will be provided. We'll leave campus between 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. and return by 10:20 p.m., with class being held from 6:00-8:50 p.m. The first day of class will be on Tuesday, January 10th, 6:00-8:50 p.m. in 252 Straub Hall.


This class will look at the effect of family functioning on human development, using an ecological systems perspective. Families are the primary socializing unit for humans, and there is considerable controversy about how the familial processes work that affect the lives of their members. We will explore the idea of a “typical” or “normal” family in the context of the Hollywood Myth that depicted an unrealistic caricature of the American family that had a breadwinner father, a stay-at-home mother, two children, a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and a dog named Spot. We will also explore how families socialize children on issues of gender roles, empathy, communication, and healthy relationships, while considering issues of race, gender, and socio-economic class.