This course introduces students to the central ideas, challenges, theoretical perspectives, and the diversity of human relationships, marriages, and families. Global perspectives regarding families and the diversity of intimate relationships in contemporary societies will be discussed. Topics in this course could include the origins of marriage and diverse patterns of love, conflict, sexuality, parenting, single-hood, interpersonal violence, divorce, extended families, and gender roles. Reading and examples will be drawn from societies around the world. Common myths and challenges related to stereotypes of the typical family and functional relationships will be explored. Critical thinking skills will be developed through class discussions, debates, and course assignments. Meets Mn Transfer Goal area 5 and 7. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing.) Offered Spring.