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Interpersonal Relations SP09[1]

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   Interpersonal Relations Psychology 359 – Section  52561R – 4 Units Location:   MRF 340 Spring 2009 - TH – 4:00 – 5:50pm Instructor:    C Miranda Barone, PhD Office: SGM 805 Phone:  (213) 740- 2208  (email preferred) E-mail:   [email protected] Hours: TH 2:30 – 3:30 or by appointment Teaching Assistant:  Charisse Corsbie-Massay   Office:  SGM 801 Phone:   Email:   [email protected] Office hours:  TH 2:30 – 3:30 or by appointment Required Texts: Miller, R., Perlman, D., and Brehm ,  S.S.   Intimate Relationships , 4th Edition,  McGraw-Hill  Companies Additional Readings are available through BlackBoard and E-Reserves. Course Description and Objectives This course is designed as an overview to the field of interpersonal relationships. The major theories of  close relationships will be emphasized, including examinations of attraction, attachment, social  cognition, communication, interdependence. In addition, we will examine the difference between  casual and intimate relationships, theories of love, sexuality, and relationship development.  Finally,  we will discuss common problems in relationships (jealousy, shyness, loneliness, power, and conflict. Course Objectives The major goals and objectives of this course are to help you: 1) Understand current theory and research in the field of interpersonal relationships. Specifically, this course will help further your understanding of topics such as: our need for relationships, interpersonal attraction, love, attachment, communication, relationship maintenance, relationship trajectories,  relationship dissolution, jealousy, and infidelity.  2) Recognize how findings from relationship science can be applied to everyday experiences. This goal  will be met through completion of a course project. 3) Close relationships are one of the most significant experiences in our lives. For this reason, a major  goal of the class is to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, and your relationships. 4)  To read classic and contemporary studies about Interpersonal Relations, across disciplines and  subdisciplines. 1
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Methods of Evaluation Different methods of evaluation utilized to assess your mastery of course material include the  following: Examinations  (multiple choice and essay questions) There will be two mid-term exams and a final.  The mid-term exams will be spread out over the  semester and will not be cumulative.  They will cover information from both readings and lectures.  Mid-term exams will consist of multiple-choice and short essay questions.  The final exam will  be  cumulative; meaning it covers material from all assigned chapters, readings, course lectures and films. 
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