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Love, Sex and Friendship - SOC315

In this unit we look at intimacy in its various forms, and its importance as a basis of interaction for personal relationships, family and friendship. When we think about intimacy we tend to imagine it primarily in terms of feelings: understanding and feeling understood; loving and feeling loved; supporting and feeling supported; feeling able to be yourself, to let go, to enjoy someone's company, closeness, comfort. This unit, then, is also an invitation to think outside these psychological categories and to exercise your sociological imagination. We focus on the contested nature of sociology's contemporary interest in the intimate sphere. We turn to history to enable considered reflection upon present-day experiences. For contemporary love relationships, friendships and the ways in which family members interact, are subject to material and ideological changes that have their source in the beginnings of modernity.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 Online - Session 2, Online

Staff Contact(s): Dr Harry Blatterer

39cp at 100 level or above including (3cp from SOC or SSC or SSCI or GEN units at 200 level) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): SOC365, SOCX315
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

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