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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Psychology

PSYC3637: Close Relationships

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Not available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • 60 credits from Level 2 Psychology

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • In this module you will learn about research on attraction and close relationships, with a particular focus on romantic relationships. You will learn about major social psychological perspectives with a strong emphasis on empirical evidence.

Content

  • This module examines close relationship with a particular focus on romantic relationships.
  • It begins with an introduction to close relationships before critically addressing relevant mechanisms, theories, and applications.
  • The module will also cover related conceptual and historical issues in psychology.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of close relationships including current theory and evidence
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Students' acquisition of detailed knowledge will be facilitated by lectures, some small group work, audio-visual materials, discussions and reading lists
  • These modes of teaching provide students with detailed knowledge of the key theories and the skills needed to evaluate different theoretical positions in light of current evidence
  • The examination will assess students' detailed subject knowledge
  • The use of group discussions / small group work will ensure that students are exposed to a range of different theoretical positions, and encouraged to understand their inter-relations
  • Lectures, discussions and small group work will also give students the opportunity to interpret and evaluate the significance of empirical work
  • The summative examination will also assess students' written communication skills
  • The module will be taught using lectures supplemented with online material.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Preparation and Reading 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

None


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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