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Psychology of Human Relationships
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- explain contemporary issues in human relationships from a psychological perspective, with reference to relevant literature
- analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations of issues in the field of human relationships
- understand the strengths and weaknesses of research methods used in relationship research
- apply findings from empirical research on relationships to real-world relationship issues
- critique so-called pop-psychological approaches to relationships from an informed, scientific perspective and effectively communicate findings
- 1. Introduction to Psychology of Human Relationships. Types, structures, functions and processes.
- 2. Interpersonal attraction and mate selection
- 3. Love, lust, attachment and marriage
- 4. Relationship cognition – thinking in close relationships
- 5. Feelings and emotions in close relationships
- 6. Communication and conflict in close relationships
- 7. Friendship and social support
- 8. Families and family dynamics
- 9. Betrayal, punishment and forgiveness in close relationships
- 10. Sex and sexuality
- 11. Personality in close relationships
- 12. Relationship loss and repair
13 units at 1000 level or above
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Human beings are fundamentally social creatures who depend on one another for their survival and well-being, both physical and psychological. Everyone is born with powerful needs for love, friendship and belonging; similarly, we fear and avoid rejection, loneliness and the disapproval of others. Despite the central role they play in our lives, however, developing and maintaining happy and healthy relationships with family members, spouses, friends and even workmates is not easy, and professional psychologists spend the bulk of their time dealing with clients' relationship problems. This unit examines a variety of relationship topics from a social psychological perspective including attraction, love and mate selection; kinship, friendship and enemyship; jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness; communication, conflict and aggression; and the processes involved in relationship breakdown and repair. Throughout, there is a strong emphasis on critically examining so-called 'pop' psychological approaches to relationships, and students are encouraged to examine the complexities of relationship structures and processes from different cultural perspectives.
- 800 word research report (25%)
- 1300 word essay (35%)
- Multiple choice invigilated exam (40%)
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