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Love, Sex and Friendship - SOCX315

Our relations with intimate others are governed by a quite distinctive set of norms. We do not normally think it is appropriate to adopt the strategic attitude of the actor in commercial settings, nor do we adopt the impartial disinterest of the actor in public life.

How did the intimate sphere become carved out as a specific domain in modern social life and what has been said about the distinctiveness of its governing expectations?

This unit examines a range of accounts of special love, friendship and familial relations. In addition, what are the present realities that confront these relations?

It is anticipated that students will obtain a broad knowledge of classical and contemporary literature in the sociology of intimacy.

All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see

When Offered:

S2 OUA - Session 2, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Dr Harry Blatterer



NCCW(s): SGY360, SOC315, SOC365
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: OUA
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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