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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course will explore sociological approaches to the household and family life in Britain since 1945. Topics covered will include definitions of the family, changing family types and the causes of change in household relationships. The link between the family, identity formation and cultural reproduction will also be examined. We will then evaluate how sociologists have studied family life and the theoretical models they have developed to explain the purpose of the family in modern Britain. The course will finish by examining how social policy has been used in government efforts to shape aspects of modern family life and achieve wider social policy objectives.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

02 Feb 2016 to 01 Mar 2016

Course duration

5 week(s)

Course fee


Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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