PSYC3092 Psychology of Sex and Intimate Relationships

Bachelor Course Unit

Duration:

One trimester

Level:

3rd Year Elective

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)

Prerequisites:

PSYC2012


Introduction

This unit is a third year elective unit in Psychology. The unit focuses on understanding human sexual behaviour and intimate relationships, and addresses the biological, cognitive, emotional, and socio-historical factors that contribute to the psychology of sex, sexuality, and intimate relationships.

Learning outcomes

This unit comprises ten (10) weekly 2.5 hour lectures and nine (9) weekly 1 hour tutorials.  Lectures commence in Week 1 of the trimester and will be captured electronically at the time of delivery and will automatically be made available online within the following 24 hours. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory; students should attend, from Week 2, the tutorial class into which they are enrolled.

All students are provided with secure online access to comprehensive unit learning resources via the Student Portal. Unit Coordinators, Lecturers, and Student Support staff are available to students (in all modes of delivery) at designated times via email and telephone contact throughout the duration of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit you should be able to:

a) Describe the history of sex and intimacy research and the development of various theories concerning sex and intimacy;

b) Explain the impact of cultural, social, legal, and religious factors on sexual behaviour and intimate relationships;

c) Describe biological and neurological bases of sexuality, sexual orientation, and intimacy;

d) Describe factors that impact interpersonal attraction, partner selection, communication, conflict, power, betrayal, infidelity and jealousy, and relationship dissolution;

e) Discuss the interactions among sex, intimacy, emotion, cognition, relationship formation and relationship duration.

Unit content

Week

Lecture Topic

Tutorial Topic

1

The history and evolution of the psychology of sex and relationships as fields of research and practice

No Tutorials in Week 1
2

 ‘Doing’ sex

Researching sex, sexualities, and intimate relationships

3

‘Variations’ in sexual behaviour.

‘Doing’ sex

4

Exploring sexualities

‘Variations’ in sexual behaviour.

6

Physical and psychological attraction.

Exploring sexualities

7

Love and liking

Physical and psychological attraction.

8

Communication and conflict in relationships

 

Communication, conflict, and relationship management.

9

Issues in intimate relationships: Betrayal, infidelity, jealousy and power

 

Issues in intimate relationships: Betrayal, infidelity and jealousy. 

10

Relationship maintenance and relationship dissolution and its aftermath

Relationship dissolution and its aftermath

Assessment Summary

Type

Weighting

Length

Assessment 1: Research Methods Report: Research into Sex and Intimate Relationships

15%

1,000 words

Assessment 2: Major Essay

35%

2000 words

Assessment 3: Final Examination

50%

100 multiple choice questions

2 hour unseen paper 

 

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time.