HDFS 1060: Close Relationships Across the Lifespan

In this course, we will use both a textbook and primary research articles to explore theory and research on topics in the close relationship literature including attraction, relationship development & maintenance, friendship & social support, love, sexuality, intimacy, communication, conflict, dissolution & divorce, loneliness, and bereavement.

As an Honors Core course, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of close relationships across the lifespan.  We will be reviewing research from the fields of human development & family studies (itself an interdisciplinary field), communication sciences, developmental psychology, sociology, neuropsychology, and marriage & family therapy, among others. Classes will consist primarily of discussion, small group activities, and in-class assignments to provide opportunities to apply the material being learned, and will also include videos and guest speakers.