This course explores the dynamics of interpersonal relationships across the lifespan. Students will learn about the science of social interactions, friendship, intimate relationships, and family (broadly defined), and how psychological, social, and historical factors impact relational well-being.
4 Undergraduate credits
Effective December 11, 2023 to present
Meets graduation requirements for
- Develop a basic understanding of current research findings in relationship science, including the science of social interactions, friendship, intimate relationships, and family relations (broadly defined).
- Apply relationship science to interpersonal situations occurring at different developmental stages across the life cycle.
- Recognize the ways that relationships and families are studied in psychology and related disciplines and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches.
- Understand the many ways that history, society, and culture influence relational well-being for diverse individuals and varied types of families.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.