Sub-Topic 3: Marriage in Modern Society

The sub- topic explores marriage in the modern society. It covers aspects such as choice of partners, courtship, bride wealth, monogamy, divorce and separation among others.


Concept of marriage in Modern society

  •   The choice of marriage partners today
  • Courtship
  • Divorce and separation
  • Polygamy versus monogamy
  • Bride wealth
  • Children in modern society
  • Changes in marriage setting today ( gay marriages contractual marriages, elopement and so on)








Ask learners to brainstorm on the concept of marriage today. They should summarise their findings and evaluate their responses.

Hold a guided discussion about choice of marriage partners, courtship, divorce, separation, bride wealth, children and polygamy in the modern society.

Evaluate the learners' responses and guide them to summarise the main points.

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The learner should be able to:

  • define the concept of marriage in the modern society.
  • discuss the methods of choosing a marriage partner.
  • discuss solutions problems affecting marriage today.
  • examine the causes and effects of divorce.
  • discuss advantages and disadvantages of polygamy.
  • justify the importance of bride wealth.
  • assess the importance of children in the modern society.

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Ask learners to answer the following questions:


Examine the merits and demerits of polygamy today.

Analyse the value of monogamy.

Evaluate the importance of children in the modern society.