Blog-A-Thon Day 4: SOC 401A

The Sociology Department Blog-A-Thon Day 4 Featured Course: 

SOC 401A: Intimacy Over the Life Course

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 Course Overview: 
  • Instructor: Pepper Schwartz (
  • Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:30-4:50
  • SLN: 19265
  • 5 credits (Individuals & Society)
  • This course will satisfy five credits of the Sociology Upper Division Elective requirement OR five credits of the Sociology General Elective requirement*

Love, attachment, conflict, communication, heartbreak; all parts of the experience that coupling and uncoupling bring into our lives. This course will trace some identifiable cycles of romance, including relationship formation, relationship maintenance, relationship repair, and dissolution. The class emphasizes how stages vary depending on the age of the participants, with a particular focus on changes from adolescence to old age.

Students will read interdisciplinary academic articles alongside popular press on relationships and intimacy. Students will also conduct original qualitative research and complete a research paper with interview subjects. You might find the topic so fascinating that you will want to continue studying intimate relationships professionally!

Grades for this course will be based heavily on class participation, a 24-hour take home test, and the quality of the research paper.

*recall, a maximum of 10 credits of 401 can be earned to satisfy both sociology and university requirements. Any credits of 401 taken beyond 10 will not count toward your department requirements, or the 180 credits needed to graduate.



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