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Undergraduate Course: Intimate Relationships (SCIL10023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFor most of us, the first intimate relationships that we experience are family relationships, although at other stages of our life-cycle non-familial relationships may dominate. The course explores different sociological understandings of such relationships and debates about the nature of social change in personal life. The course reviews research on parent-child relationships, friendship and kinship relationships, sexual relationships and couple relationships, drawing on North American, Australian and New Zealand research as well as British literature.
Course description Intimacy: the Concept & Debates
From 'the Family' to Family Practices
Myths About the Past and Visions of the Future
Parenting and Intimacy: Gender Blending and Democracy?
Suffusing of Friendship and Kinship
Sex and Intimacy
The Couple Intimate and Equal
Mobility and Relationships
Intimate Relationships at-a-distance
Revision Session
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 2 social science courses (such as Sociology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, etc) at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 35% Fieldwork Entries (1000 words)
65% Essay (4000 words)
Feedback There is opportunity to submit both the research diary and the blog entry for feedback prior to final submission for assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge enabling you to engage in debate about social change and contemporary personal relationships
  2. Awareness of sociological research on aspects of personal life that can be used to assess theoretical debates and popular concerns
  3. A sense of the significance of sociological work to everyday debates about personal life
  4. Experience of methods used in researching personal life
Reading List
see Sociology web pages for honours classes
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Lecture followed by student led seminar or small group discussions.
Keywordsintimacy,family,friendship,sexual relationships,gender,class,globalization,living alone
Course organiserProf Lynn Jamieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4002
Course secretaryMr Brodie Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)51 3139
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