What's Love Got To Do With It? Understanding Romantic Relationships.

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
03 June 2020


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Module description

Romantic relationships are a fundamental part of the human experience. This course will take a scientific approach to understanding relationships. We will examine how relationships form, what binds them together, and what might lead to their dissolution. We will discuss how much of "me" we bring into our relationships compared to how much relationships change our sense of self. Finally, we will discuss what makes relationships such an important area of study: how they impact and influence our lives.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth overview of relationship science. The emphasis is to explain and interpret systematic research which means discussing findings that may not necessarily reflect views that people have about relationships based on past experience. Thus, the goal of this module is to enhance critical thinking about this important part of human psychology, and to give students the opportunity to express their own insights into this topic.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

1. Understand the difference between lay theories (e.g., pop-psychology) and empirically based tests of relationship theories.
2. Describe the different ways in which romantic relationships shape and are shaped by self-concepts and situational factors.
3. Discuss topics and theories related to relationship research and their implications for psychology, the self, and society.
4. Be actively engaged in learning.

Module information

Lectures start on the hour. Please arrive promptly to avoid disrupting the class. There will be a short break halfway through the class. Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the class to contribute to a lively and dynamic learning experience, and to address any points that are unclear. A Q&A forum is available on Moodle to record any questions you have that remain unaddressed. Students are expected to participate in classroom activities and discussions to support their learning.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of 10 sessions each lasting 2 hours. Each session will be in lecture format with opportunities for discussion and debate. Students are also required to take part in regular online discussions with others students enrolled on the module (see other coursework information) throughout the term.



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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Veronica Lamarche, email:



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