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SOCX3025 – Love, Sex and Friendship

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Harry Blatterer
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
SOCI3025
Unit description Unit description

In this unit we look at intimacy in its various forms, and its importance as a basis of interaction for personal relationships, family and friendship. When we think about intimacy we tend to imagine it primarily in terms of feelings: understanding and feeling understood; loving and feeling loved; supporting and feeling supported; feeling able to be yourself, to let go, to enjoy someone's company, closeness, comfort. This unit, then, is also an invitation to think outside these psychological categories and to exercise your sociological imagination. We focus on the contested nature of sociology's contemporary interest in the intimate sphere. We turn to history to enable considered reflection upon present-day experiences. For contemporary love relationships, friendships and the ways in which family members interact, are subject to material and ideological changes that have their source in the beginnings of modernity. All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see www.open.edu.au

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: understand key concepts, issues and contemporary debates in the sociology of intimate relationships.
  • ULO2: analyse historical and contemporary practices of intimacy, with particular attention to the concepts of love, romance, sexuality, and friendship.
  • ULO3: understand how gender and sexuality intersect and influence different practices and possibilities of intimate relations.
  • ULO4: demonstrate research skills in sourcing and analysing key arguments and debates in the sociology of intimate relationships
  • ULO5: conduct independent research.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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1 x 2 hour Llecture

Online participation tasks

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
13/02/2020 Deleted tutor role.