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SOCI 103 - Intimate Families and Relationships - Sheldon Helfing

Course:Intimate Families and Relationships
Professor:Sheldon Helfing
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Sociology 103, Intimate Families and Relationships, the course that studies relationships, dating, love, sex, mate selection, marriage, having and raising children, and divorce. The course is structured around useful information, discussion, and analysis that gives perspective to those cultural norms, values, beliefs, and social factors that support or hinder people getting into and staying in meaningful relationships.  This being a sociology class, we will address cultural and structural elements that contribute to interpersonal relationships.  We will also discuss psychological and popular culture notions as well.  Through interactions via discussion boards, you will also get a deeper sense of insights that you, having experiences or thoughts on relationships, could constructively share with one another.  This class is for those of you who are in a relationship, between a relationship, or exploring becoming a marriage and family counselor or therapist.  So, let's get started.

Course Description

Examines the various forms of intimate partner relationships that exist within a diverse, multicultural society. Social, cultural, and political constructs that apply to the definition, status, and legality of human partnerships are analyzed.

What to Expect in this Course

The activities you can expect to engage in the course will include provocative, current, as well ongoing issues in society that affect you.  Since there are no class meetings that are either face-to-face or synchronous (meaning - at a specific time), you will be doing more interactive discussion components.  You will find them listed chronologically within the Modules section of the Canvas shell for the class. 

Types of Assessments

The assessments for the course will include exams related to the material readings and video viewings assigned. There will be a book report assignment and discussion boards.

Textbook Information

There is no textbook.

Other Relevant Course Information

Course and Personal Dynamics

Your desire and self-motivation to actively participate and learn for this class will make you successful with this class. You must be able to keep up with class discussions (both your own and your classmates) as well as keep up with the readings. An online class is not easier than a face-to-face class. In fact, it is more demanding. 

Part of being successful in an online class is learning the material, and the other part is being comfortable with the format so that you can access the material. If you are new to online courses, investigate some of the online tutorials.

What to do First on the Start Date of the Course 

By the start date for our class, please access our course online via Canvas. Make sure to read through the entire syllabus and check out the assignments, especially those in the first entries of the Module. 

I look forward to providing to your engagement and success in this class.   

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to email me at


Sheldon Helfing
Professor of Sociology
College of the Canyons

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/30/2022 Sub#: 1003