Elective course - Gender, Power and Intimate Personal Relationships

Course content

Gender, Power and Intimate Personal Relationships    

Description: Are you interested in questions regarding how power imbalances can shape the course of intimate personal relationships? What creates these power imbalances and how to dissolve them?

Discussions on couples’ power division have generally focused on hierarchical interpersonal dynamics and gender. In addition to these topics, this course will consider both the influence of differing social and cultural contexts in which intimate relationships take place, and the influence of external events such as the development of illness or disability, migration and unemployment on couples’ well-being.

This course will combine social psychological theory and research, along with a practical focus on recommended strategies for the identification and treatment of power imbalances within intimate personal relationships. Through the use of film, group discussions, case study analyses and other interactive activities, students on this course will have the opportunity to critically examine, evaluate and discuss the most important theoretical perspectives and research results within the field of relationship science.

Following completion of this course, students will be able to formulate and analyse interconnections between theory and practice concerning gender, power and intimate personal relationships.

The medium of instruction is English, which means that lectures and seminars are given in English, and examinations are in English. This course may be of particular relevance for students with an interest in social or clinical psychology. 

Learning outcome

The goal of elective courses is an expansion or an additional perspective upon the psychological field. This is achieved through theoretical or empirical engagement in themes within or related to the psychological science. Elective courses can be taken in the Department of Psychology or in other departments.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Form of examination:
Attendance at least 75%, active participation in group-based presentations and a final written paper. Submitted in Digital Eksamen according to the exam schedule.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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