Psychology 359 – Section
52561R – 4 Units
Spring 2009 - TH – 4:00 – 5:50pm
Miranda Barone, PhD
Office: SGM 805
Phone: (213) 740-
Hours: TH 2:30 – 3:30 or by appointment
Office: SGM 801
TH 2:30 – 3:30 or by appointment
Miller, R., Perlman, D., and Brehm
, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill
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.
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