Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm
Dr. Benjamin R. Karney
Franz Hall 4560
Franz Hall A-243C
Intimate relationships are a human universal.
Moreover, there is consensus around the globe
about what successful intimacy entails:
we all want to be loved, supported, and cared for by partners we
hold in high esteem.
But if everyone wants the same things, why are intimate relationships nevertheless
so difficult to form and maintain?
Over the ten weeks of this course, we will pursue this question pretty
single-mindedly, adopting a range of perspectives to understand how it is that intimate relationships
develop, thrive, or deteriorate over time.
Bradbury, T. N. & Karney, B. R. (2010).
Risman, Barbara J.
Families As They Really Are
W. W. Norton.
Both required texts are being sold at the UCLA Bookstore as a bundle – for the price of one new
copy of the Intimate Relationships text, the second book is included free
Copies of both texts will also be
held on reserve at Powell Library.
The material of this course will be presented through assigned reading, online videos, lectures, a
short paper, and exams.
All are designed to combine for the fullest experience of this course.
some more detail about each of these.
For each week, there is required reading from the Intimate Relationships
This is the main way to understand the material of this course.
The reading associated
with each week of lectures is described in this syllabus.
You are advised to have the readings done before
the lectures for that week.
You are responsible for all
of the material in the text, even if it is never
discussed in class.
You will be happy to know that we have a DVD to accompany this course.
It consists of
13 segments, and each is about 10 minutes long.
These segments are awesome, and feature students and
researchers talking about relationships.
This is high quality stuff, and you will want to watch all of them.
You are responsible for the material in these segments
The syllabus lets you know when you should
pay attention to each clip, and the textbook previews each one as well.
The clips are available online at:
The purpose of the lectures is to amplify, explain, demonstrate, and
expand on the material in the text.
Naturally, there will be some overlap between the text and the