Elective course - Intimate relationships

Course content

E17:

Intimate relationship is a ubiquitous phenomenon and is of great importance to human beings. In this course, we are going to talk about the following topics:
1) How to distinguish intimate relationships with other kind of relationships (e.g., friends, family);
2) How to measure intimate relationships and how to conduct studies in intimate relationships;
3) Influential theories (e.g., evolutionary theory, attachment theory) in intimate relationships and how they guide research;
4) How attraction evolves and how people choose their partners;
5) Understanding the one’s emotions and behaviors within intimate relationships.

Overall, the course aims to provide some basic understanding about intimate relationships.

 


F18:

Students will learn about the topics of attractiveness, sexual selection, and intimate relationships based on the evolutionary psychology approach. The course aims to provide a broad overview of the current knowledge in these fields, using studies with  different methodological approaches and research designs. The course offers insights into diverse topics and research questions, such as “what visual cues do people use when judging attractiveness?” or “are there sex differences in strategies to find a short- or long-termed partner?”.

 

Learning outcome

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology.

Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.
ECTS
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Final Exam: After designing and updating one’s own project, students are asked to write a 5-page research paper to illustrate their study, including theoretical backgrounds, methods, expected results, and conclusion.
The exam can only be taken individually. Length of the paper: max. 5 pages for 1 student.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse (Danish)

International students: If you require a grade, please inform the exam administration prior to the exam periods by sending an email with your student ID and the course name to eksamen@psy.ku.dk .

ECTS
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Final exam: Students are asked to write a 5-page (APA-guidelines) review paper on a self-chosen topic that was subject in one of the sessions. Besides an overview of the current research knowledge, the paper can include a potential research question for future studies.
The exam can only be taken individually. Length of the paper: max. 5 pages for 1 student.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse (Danish)

International students: If you require a grade, please inform the exam administration prior to the exam periods by sending an email with your student ID and the course name to eksamen@psy.ku.dk .

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