Syllabus_for_IR_Course_Winter_2011

Syllabus_for_IR_Course_Winter_2011 - Tuesdays and...

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Intimate Relationships: Psychology 137C Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 to 12.15, Moore 100 Professor Thomas Bradbury . 2263C Franz Hall. bradbury@psych.ucla.edu Office hours: Wednesdays 9 to 10, Thursdays 9.30 to 10.30 The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to how social scientists think about, study, and treat intimate relationships. There is good reason to believe that poor communication and mismanaged conflict can be harmful to relationships and to the emotional and physical well-being of the people involved. But why? And how can we best conceptualize and study communication? How is communication linked to our gender, our personalities, and other features of our relationships? How can we distinguish among different forms of communication, and different forms of conflict? What is the broader context in which communication occurs? How can an understanding of communication lead to effective interventions for improving relationships? This course will address these and many other questions about the role of communication in human intimacy. The material for this course will come from lectures, a book, and accompanying video clips. The lectures will cover research and theory in clinical psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, family studies, sociology, communication studies, psychiatry, and related disciplines. Familiarity with general psychology and statistics will be advantageous in this course. You are expected to attend all classes and read all of the assigned material. If you have any questions about the class, please contact the TA first. Please do not hesitate to ask substantive questions in class or after class, or to come talk with me during my office hours. Your grade will be based on one written assignment and two examinations, as follows: ± 25% of your grade will be based on the first examination, which includes 50 multiple-choice questions covering all of the material covered up to that point. ± 35% of your grade will be based on a short paper. A detailed handout will be provided in week 2 to guide you through this assignment. Students must hand in and collect their own papers. ± 40% of your grade will be based on a 50-question multiple-choice final exam held during the final class period. This exam will cover all of the material after the mid-term exam. The textbook for this class, Intimate Relationships, is available at ASUCLA. I have made special arrangements to bundle the textbook with a free copy of Loneliness by John Cacioppo and William Patrick; this is the book you will need for the paper assignment. A short video has been prepared for each chapter in the text book. When you are on campus, you can view these videos online at: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/ssc/lederman/bradbury/bradbury.html# Lectures and other course-related materials will be posted on line at: http://courses.psych.ucla.edu/ Please note that all activities in this class are governed by UCLA policies on academic integrity. You are
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